MILWAUKEE — Well what do you know? The Celtics, who recently lost six consecutive games and have been encouraged to tank the season by some of their faithful, are a victory from being tied for first place in the Atlantic Division. And they face perhaps the league’s worst team in the Bucks, who enter Saturday night having lost 11 straight game and have won once since beating the Celtics on Nov. 1. That’s one win in 30 days for Milwaukee.
The Bucks are in turmoil this season but are positioning themselves for a nice lottery pick in June, which may be a better trade off.
BOSTON CELTICS (7-11)
PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Jared Sullinger
Inactives: Rajon Rondo
MILWAUKEE BUCKS (2-13)
PG Brandon Knight
SG O.J. Mayo
SF Khris Middleton
PF Ekpe Udoh
C John Henson
Inactives: Carlos Delfino, Larry Sanders
Officials: James Capers, Olandis Poole, Leroy Richardson
TV, radio: 9 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, (WBZ FM, 98.5).
• Brad Stevens said forward Courtney Lee is day-to-day with a left knee sprain and could be available Tuesday against the Bucks. Lee missed Friday’s game against Cleveland after tweaking the knee Wednesday against Memphis.
• The Celtics will get some much-needed practice time with home games on Tuesday (Milwaukee) and Friday (Denver) before heading to New York next Sunday. Stevens said the club needs consecutive games of practice.
• The Bucks will be without Caron Butler (sore knee) and Ersan Ilyasova (hamstring) for tonight. Henson and Udoh were pressed into starting duty.
• Rajon Rondo and Kelly Olynyk also did not make the trip to Milwaukee. Stevens said it did not make much sense to bring two injured players on a one-game road trip.