The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to get sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic back in the lineup for game one as it appears he is fully healed from a finger fracture that sidelined him for the final 11 games of the season.
Nikola Mirotic says he expects to play tomorrow in Game 1 vs the Pistons.— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) April 13, 2019
The Bucks swept the Pistons in their four-game regular season series, and only one game was decided by single digits. The least amount the Bucks scored in those games? 104. Detroit finished the season with the 21st ranked ORtg (108.3), but their 108.6 DRtg sat in the middle of the pack. This series should be nice practice for a second-round matchup between either the Boston Celtics or Indiana Pacers.
Tony Snell is listed as “out” for game one.
Player To Watch: Khris Middleton
After lighting the world on fire with his postseason performance last season against the Boston Celtics, Middleton will look to keep it going against Detroit in a juicy matchup. For his career, he’s averaging 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game against his former team. His shooting splits? A pearly 53.3/48.8/93.
Well, it’s never a good idea to overlook an opponent...but I genuinely feel bad for the Pistons here. They simply do not have enough firepower to keep up with this Bucks team.
Blake Griffin enjoyed a career season in Detroit where he averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists during the regular season. However, he is being listed as “questionable.” In the four matchups with Milwaukee, he averaged 24.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and seven assists per game.
The Pistons do have a few guys that can get going in a flash, specifically Luke Kennard. He’s shot the ball well over the last 10 games of the season (45.2 percent from deep) while averaging 10.7 points. If the Pistons have any chance of winning, they’ll need huge contributions from anyone not named Blake Griffin or Andre Drummond.
Player To Watch: Andre Drummond
He’s a beast on the boards. He averaged 17.3 points, 15.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and nearly two blocks per game this season. It will take a group effort to keep him off the glass this series. The Bucks can exploit him defensively though...with Brook Lopez’s endless range.
Game 1: Against Detroit, the Bucks will...
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