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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons Preview: Opposites Attract

Don’t be the team that ends the streak

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NBA: Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks are on game three of a six-game homestead and face yet another Central Division foe in the Detroit Pistons. These two teams played each other at the beginning of November, which Milwaukee won 120-118. That game saw Giannis Antetokounmpo get ejected in the third quarter—which was very questionable—and Dame Lillard score 34 points.

Where We’re At

Giannis set a new career high and franchise record on Wednesday night. He scored a franchise-record 64 points—yes, you read that correctly—and upset the Indiana Pacers so much it led to Ballgate. After scoring 64 points, Giannis got the game ball (editor’s note: we think) and all is well with the world. Now, the Bucks will look to take the fallout from Ballgate to energize themselves and maintain a winning stretch. The part that got lost in Ballgate and Giannis’ 64 points was how Milwaukee’s defense stifled Indiana in the fourth quarter. Before the Pacers waved the white flag, the Bucks had limited the Pacers to 10 points in that fourth quarter.

If things are looking up for Milwaukee, the exact opposite is happening in Detroit. The Pistons were rebuilding, hoping they might start showing some promise and upswing this season. Instead, they’ve lost 22 straight games. There isn’t one particular reason for this losing streak either. While not expected to be good, the roster should have enough talent to win more games. Head coach Monty Williams looks entirely out of his depth, though some injuries and luck play a factor. There isn’t a simple solution, so the Pistons are what the kids would say: Down Bad.

Injury Report

Detroit will be without Jalen Duren and Monte Morris, while Marvin Bagley III is questionable.

Milwaukee will not have Jae Crowder as he recovers from surgery and Khris Middleton for knee management. Giannis has an illness but is listed as probable.

But as you can see, someone is no longer listed on the injury report. Pat Connaughton is back and will be available for this evening.

Player To Watch

Bobby Portis did not have a chance to be involved with Ballgate because he was ejected in the fourth quarter of Milwaukee’s victory against the Pacers. After a hard foul was committed on Giannis on his way to 64 points, Bobby stood up for his teammate like always and received a technical foul. Then he received his second after a disagreement with the official. As Eric Nehm wrote in The Athletic, maybe this is the spark that gets Milwaukee to gel like a unit, and Bobby Portis could be that fulcrum.

Where To Watch

Bally Sports WI at 5:00 PM CST



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Game 24: against the Pistons, the Bucks will...

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  • 58%
    Win big (10 or more points)
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  • 27%
    Win close (9 or fewer points)
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