NBA Playoff Betting Preview: Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Saturday, April 20, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST
Where: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan
Spread: Milwaukee -8½
Betting Total: 216½ points
Milwaukee has taken a 2-0 lead with both wins coming at home and now Detroit gets the next two at home with Saturday night’s game almost a must win for them. Milwaukee swept the regular season series 4-0.
This game is being played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan with tip-off scheduled to take place at 8:00 PM EST
BetOnline has set the line for this game at Milwaukee -8½ and the over/under has been set at 216½ points
Game one was ugly. Game two wasn’t ugly, but it wasn’t pretty either. Giannis Antetokounmpo only played 24 minutes but scored 24 points with 17 rebounds. Seven bucks scored in double figures and the lead was as high as 43 points in a 121-86 thumping in game one. Milwaukee only played one bad quarter in game two in another easy 120-99 win. Between the domination so far in the first two games and the 4-0 regular season sweep, you have to wonder how Detroit is going to win one game in this series.
Milwaukee is scoring 118.2 ppg while giving up 108.9 points per game. If you think that amount of points per game scored sounds really high…you would be right. They are ranked number one in the league.
Most of the time when a team has a great offense it seems like they have a below average defense. Well, that is not the case for Milwaukee as they are 11th in points allowed per game. The defense is also 1st in fg% allowed. This is a complete team.
Milwaukee is led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 25 ppg. When it comes to scorers this team is deep. Eric Bledsoe (21), Khris Middleton (19) as well as 3 others adding double digits scored per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is far and away from the leading rebounder as well with 14.5 boards per game. Khris Middleton with 6 per game is the assists leader.
Detroit is scoring 106.7 ppg while giving up 107.6 points per game. This team struggles at times to score and it shows with their 25th ranking in points scored per game.
It is their top ten defense (8th) in points allowed per game that has made it possible for this team to participate in the postseason.
Detroit is led in scoring by Luke Kennard with 20 ppg. Reggie Jackson & Andre Drummond are each chipping in 15 points per game. Those are definitely their main three, not many big-time scorers on this team.
The leading rebounder is Andre Drummond with 14 boards per game. Looking at assists we have Reggie Jackson with 6.5 leading the way.
Milwaukee to pound overmatched Detroit Pistons again!!
Usually, in situations like this, I like to take the home team in need of that win, but I just cannot, I repeat cannot bring myself to take Detroit. What it takes to be a great team, what it takes to be a champion, is the ability in the NBA to win on the road. Milwaukee (27-14) has done that.
Guess who the other team with that road record is? Yep…Golden State and they know something about championships. That is part of the reason I have no fear of laying this many points on the road in an NBA playoff game. Is Detroit really a playoff team anyway?
With an average game score of (106.7-107.6)(LOSING!) I am not so sure they should be. Milwaukee is on a mission this year. It has shown that in the first two home games which is to be expected. Now it is time for Detroit fans to witness it. Probably will not be as easy as the first two games, but it will not be a problem either. Milwaukee by double digits again.