The Milwaukee Bucks (28-13) travel to face off against the Detroit Pistons (4-37) on Saturday, January 20th. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and televised on BSDE. Both the Bucks and Pistons will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 3:00 ET.
Bucks vs Pistons
The Bucks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Bucks lost to the Cavaliers with a final score of 135-95. Turning the tide, the Bucks picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 66-41.
With an overall record of 28-13, the Bucks are 2nd in the Eastern Conference and are 1st in the Central Division. In their last three games, they have gone 2-1.
For this season, Milwaukee has an ATS record of 16-25, along with an ongoing three game losing streak against the spread. Milwaukee has gone 15-24 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 1-1 when playing as underdogs.
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Pistons lost to the Timberwolves with a final score of 124-117. While the Pistons lost the game straight-up, they did manage to cover the spread as +12.5 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 223 points in which the two teams surpassed.
Heading into their game against the Bucks, the Pistons are 4-37 overall and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, they are ranked 15th and are 5th in the Central division.
Detroit arrives with an ATS record of 17-23 for the season up to this point. Currently, the Pistons are on a three game ATS win streak when they are underdogs, and they are 0-3 vs. the spread as favorites.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
The Bucks step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 124.2 points per game (2nd).
The Bucks are one of the most potent offenses in the NBA, ranking 2nd in points per game at 124.2. They are also 2nd in scoring on the road at 121.9 PPG.
So far this season, Milwaukee has outscored the NBA scoring average in 78% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 4th in the league at 101.9 possessions per game.
When it comes to field goal percentage, the Bucks are 4th in the NBA at 49%. They are also 3rd in true shooting percentage. Milwaukee is 9th in two-point field goals made but just 25th in two-point field goal attempts.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
In 41 games games, Detroit has an average of 111.9 points per game (25th).
When it comes to scoring, the Pistons are 25th in the NBA at 111.9 points per game. At home, they are averaging 110.6 points per game, which is 28th in the league. In terms of pace, Detroit is 7th in the NBA at 100.4 possessions per game.
One area where the Pistons have excelled is getting to the free-throw line. They are 20th in free throw attempts, averaging 22.1 per game. In terms of field goal percentage, Detroit is 16th in the league at 47%.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Pistons are last in the NBA in both three-point makes per game (10.6) and three-point percentage (34%). In contrast, they are 5th in two-point field goals made per game.
Bucks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Bucks will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 120.3 points per game (24th). Opponents are hitting 55.2% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 33.9% of their three-point attempts.
Pistons Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Pistons’ defense is giving up an average of 122.6 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 55.4% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 38.6% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Bucks And Pistons
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the primary scorer for the Bucks, with 29 points and going 11/18 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 31.2 points per game, along with 11.4 rebounds.
On the other side, Bojan Bogdanovic is our projected leading scorer for the Pistons. We have him ending the game with a team-high 19 and grabbing 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 47% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 19.8 points per game.
Bucks vs Pistons Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Milwaukee has an ATS record of 1-4 while averaging 115 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- In their last three home games, Detroit has averaged 117 points per game while allowing 120. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Pistons have a straight up record of 1-4. Their record vs the spread in these games was 3-2.
- Against the spread, the Bucks have put together 1-2 in their last three games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 3-0 straight up.
Bucks vs Pistons Prediction
For a point-spread wager in this Bucks vs. Pistons game, we suggest taking the Pistons at +13. Even though our predictions have the Bucks winning 117-105, we see the Pistons as the better choice on the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 242.5, and our model projects the Bucks and Pistons to reach a combined total of 222 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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