Bucks and Pistons Play Third Game of Season
It’s been over a week since these two teams have played, although some players were involved in All-Star weekend. With the break now in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to get back to regular season basketball. And that can only mean one thing — playoffs is that much closer.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons will kick off the second wave of the 2020 season. What we’ll see is two teams on opposite ends of the Eastern Conference standings go head-to-head for the third of four times this season.
If this game goes how the other two have gone, it won’t be much of a contest for the Bucks. They’re 2-0 against Detroit and have won by an average of 19 points per game. Their last game ended 127-103, but the Pistons looked a little different back then.
Can Milwaukee Keep the Sweep Alive?
The Bucks are the hottest team in the NBA, winners of 46 before the All-Star break. With just 8 losses, they’ve been a difficult team to beat. They will be on the road, however, which is where they’ve suffered 5 of those losses.
Furthermore, they’re coming off a sour way to enter the break after losing to the Indiana Pacers 111-118. With Giannis Antetekounpo also letting the All-Star game slip away from him, the Bucks will have plenty to play for. Let’s not forget, Kris Middleton was also on that team.
Giannis leads the team with 30 points per game, 13.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. He’s without a doubt an MVP candidate, but likely not the favorite in everyone’s eyes. With Kyle Korver the only lingering injury, Milwaukee will head into wave #2 healthy.
Detroit Looking to Snap 4-Game Skid
The Detroit Pistons haven’t had it easy since trading Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’ve lost all 4 games they’ve been in, which followed a victory in Drummond’s final game with the team. At least they’ve only lost by double digits once out of those four losses.
Derrick Rose, Reggie Jackson, and Luke Kennard have provided a majority of the spark outside of Drummond and the injured Blake Griffin. Since the trade, however, Christian Wood has emerged as a positive sign for the Pistons.
He has averaged 20 points per game, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block since Drummond left. At 24 years old and in just his third season, there’s a lot to like here. We’ll see if it can start to translate to some wins down the stretch. There’s nothing wrong with ending the season on a good note, even for an individual player.
Bucks / Pistons Betting Lines
I’m sure we’re all happy to have NBA betting back in action. BetOnline has the Milwaukee Bucks (-1100) with the 13-point advantage over the Detroit Pistons (+700). They expect a moderate-scoring game with the over/under listed at 224 total points, with most of them coming from Milwaukee.
Free Betting Pick
The Milwaukee Bucks have been steamrolling their way through the regular season for the second year in a row. With a 6.5 game lead over the Toronto Raptors in the East and a 4.5 game lead over the Lakers in the West, there’s no doubt they’re the best team right now.
On the other hand, the Detroit Pistons have some players that can ball. Rose has been spectacular, Wood has stepped up lately, and they’ve got a lot of other pieces that chip in. It’ll take a lot to stop the Bucks, but they’ll have an opportunity to beat the 13-point spread.
Ultimately, I don’t think they’ll get there. I’ve got the Bucks winning this one 124-108.