The Washington Bullets, playing Jekyll-and-Hyde basketball lately, host the Central Division-leading Milwaukee Bucks today at Capital Centre at 1 p.m.

The Bullets trail the Chicago Bulls for the last NBA playoff spot and lost a full game in the chase Friday night when they lost to the New York Knicks, 124-112, while Chicago defeated Utah, 92-84.

Chicago is in third place in the Eastern Conference Central Division with a 32-33 mark while the Bullets are fourth in the Atlantic Division at 30-34, Chicago has 17 games remaining and the Bullets 18. Eight of the Bullets' last 12 games are at home while the Bulls play eight of their final 12 on the road.

The Bullets must be wary of the Bucks, who like the Knicks, possess a strong bench. The Bucks usually start Marques Johnson, averaging 21 points, and Mickey Johnson at forward, Bob Lanier at center, and Quinn Buckner and Brian Winters at guard. Milwaukee doesn't lose much when it substitutes either Junior Bridgeman, one of the best sixth men in the NBA averaging 17 points a game, or quick Sidney Moncrief (13 points per game).

The Bullets have lost two of three to Milwaukee this year, including their last encounter at Capital Centre in December, 115-95.