The Milwaukee Bucks (29-13) travel to face off against the Detroit Pistons (4-38) on Monday, January 22nd. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and televised on BSDE. The Bucks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pistons are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pistons. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Bucks vs Pistons
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Bucks bested the Pistons with a score of 141-135. The Bucks tipped off as -13.5-point favorites, but despite their 6 point victory, they couldn’t cover the spread. The over/under line entering this matchup was 245.5 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
As they prepare to face the Pistons, the Bucks are hoping to improve on their above .500 record of 29-13. Currently, they are ranked 2nd in the Eastern Conference and are 1st in the Central division.
Milwaukee has an ATS record of 16-26 so far this season which includes their current four game losing streak vs. the spread. This season, Milwaukee has a 15-25 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 1-1 when playing as underdogs.
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their latest game against the Bucks, Alec Burks was the top scorer for the Pistons’ offense, scoring 33 points and shooting 9/20 from the field. Ausar Thompson put up 22 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Detroit ended up losing the game with a final score of 141-135.
In the Pistons’ last five games, they have gone 1-4 and their overall record is 4-38. Currently, they are ranked 15th in the Eastern Conference and are 5th in the Central division.
Detroit’s ATS record sits below .500 (18-23). The Pistons currently have a four game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 0-3 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Milwaukee offense is the 2nd ranked unit in the NBA, at 124.6 points per contest.
Heading into tonight’s game, the Bucks are the 2nd highest-scoring team in the NBA, averaging 124.6 points per game. Interestingly, they have been even better on the road, where they are averaging 122.9 points per game.
In terms of field goal percentage, the Bucks are 3rd in the league at 50%. They are also one of the most efficient shooting teams from beyond the arc, as they are hitting 38% of their three-point attempts.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, Milwaukee is 2nd in the NBA in attempts at 26.5 per game. In terms of pace, they are 4th in the league at 102 possessions per game.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
Through 42 games games, Detroit is averaging 112.4 points per game (24th).
When playing at home, the Pistons are averaging 111.7 points per game, which is 26th in the league. Overall, they are 24th in scoring at 112.4 points per game. In terms of pace, they are 6th in the NBA at 100.6 possessions per game.
In terms of field goal percentage, the Pistons are 16th in the league at 47%. However, they are just 27th in three-point shooting at 35%. On average, they are making 10.9 three-pointers per game, which is 29th in the NBA.
When it comes to free throws, Detroit is 18th in both attempts and makes at 22.3 and 17.4 per game, respectively. In terms of assists, they are 14th with 26.5 per contest.
Bucks Team Defense
So far, the Bucks’ defense is ranked 25th in the league at 120.6 points per contest. The Milwaukee defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.4% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.5% of their field goal attempts vs. Milwaukee.
Pistons Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 123.0 points per game (28th). In the terms of takeaways, Pistons are causing 15.2 turnovers per game, ranking 29th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 17th in rejections, averaging 5.1 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Bucks And Pistons
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Giannis Antetokounmpo as the primary point contributor for the Bucks, finishing with 29 points while maintaining a 11/18 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 31.2 points per game, along with 11.4 rebounds.
On the other side, Cade Cunningham is our projected leading scorer for the Pistons. We have him ending the game with a team-high 21 and grabbing 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 44.9%, and his scoring average is 22.8 points per game.
Bucks vs Pistons Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, Milwaukee has an ATS record of 3-7 while averaging 122 per game. The team went 5-5 overall in these games.
- Detroit has a 1-2 record in their last three home games. In this stretch, they averaged 117 points per game while allowing 120. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Pistons have gone 6-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-9.
- Over the team’s last five games as the favorite, the Bucks struggled vs the spread going just 1-4. However, they still had a straight up mark of 4-1.
Our bet is on the Bucks for a win, and we project the score to be 121-108. Additionally, we expect them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to wager on the Bucks with the spread at -12.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 247.5, and our model projects the Bucks and Pistons to reach a combined total of 229 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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