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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
W2W4: Nets vs. Bucks

By Mike Mazzeo

The Brooklyn Nets (31-22) begin the second half of their season Tuesday night with a home date against the Milwaukee Bucks (26-25). Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET; here's what we'll be watching for:

RETURN OF D-WILL: Deron Williams returns to the lineup after a week's worth of rest. He missed the previous two games due to inflammation in both ankles. D-Will hasn't played up to his max contract all season. It'll be interesting to see if the rest did him any good. Reggie Evans, who missed shootaround due to illness, is probable to play.

MILWAUKEE'S BEST: The Bucks have won their past 13 games against the Nets, who last beat Milwaukee on March 3, 2009. The Bucks are 2-0 against Brooklyn this season. They led by 29 in the third quarter when the teams met at Barclays Center on Dec. 9. On Dec. 26, in Avery Johnson's final game as Nets coach, the Bucks won 108-93.

BETTER BACKCOURT: Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis Ellis have given Brooklyn fits this season. In that Dec. 9 win, they outscored D-Will and Joe Johnson 50-24. Williams did not play in the second game due to a bruised right wrist. Jennings has averaged 28.8 points against the Nets in the past four meetings.