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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons Preview: Bucks Look to Continue Dominance Against Pistons

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Familiar foes clash again.

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Didn’t the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons play twice last week? Yes, they did. Luckily for us, we are treated to more DETROIT PISTONS BASKETBALL, baby!

Where We’re At

The Bucks have now won five of their last six games and hold the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Yep, they are one Jayson Tatum prayer away from being in first place.

Milwaukee routed the Orlando Magic 121-99 on Monday night. The game was close until the Bucks were able to pull away late in the third and early in the fourth by making a barrage of three-pointers. Giannis Antetokounmpo (22 points) and Khris Middleton (20 points) led the way offensively while Bobby Portis contributed 20 of his own off the bench.

As for the Pistons, they are 2-8 and coming off a 96-86 home loss versus the Utah Jazz. Jerami Grant poured in 28 points but got zero help as their next leading scorer was Saddiq Bey (12).

I genuinely feel bad for Pistons fans...I mean, how can you not? They are a team that is constantly in the lottery and whiffs on their draft picks. It is obvious that this team needs to rebuild, but they refuse. Dwane Casey is not suited to coach a rebuild. The Pistons and Bucks were in very similar situations a few seasons ago. However, it seems like Detroit is still stuck in the mud.

Besides Killian Hayes and Torrey Craig being out for their respective teams, Derrick Rose and Bobby Portis are listed as probable.

Player To Watch

Saddiq Bey. I talked about Detroit whiffing on draft picks, but this is their best pick in recent years. Bey is a legit shooter who can knock down shots from anywhere on the floor. He had a career-high versus the Bucks last time these two teams squared off, so it will be interesting to see if he can keep up his hot shooting. He is up to 48.3% from deep.

Poll

Game 12: Against Detroit, the Bucks will...

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    Win big (by 10 or more points)
    (97 votes)
  • 15%
    Win close (lose by 9 or fewer points)
    (19 votes)
  • 4%
    Lose close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Lose big (by 10 or more points)
    (2 votes)
123 votes total Vote Now

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