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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons - 1/22/14

Detroit Pistons (17-24) at Milwaukee Bucks (7-33)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)

The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Milwaukee Bucks return home to face the Detroit Pistons in prime time NBA action from the Bradley Center.

Head to head, the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Milwaukee while the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Pistons are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than 400, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Bucks on the other hand are 23-48 ATS in their last 71 home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons - 1/22/14

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We all know the Milwaukee Bucks suck this season, but did you know that they have only covered the spread in 23 of their last 71 home games? That’s bad, I mean really bad. I could understand those type’s of numbers on the road, maybe, but not on your home court. Strictly talking about this season, the Bucks have covered in just five of their 18 games at home and their last win there was on the 21st of December against the Philadelphia 76ers. Simply put, this team is a mess at the moment. Like O.J. Mayo said in a recent article, the Bucks don’t have a plan or an identity and players don’t know if there are going to play 6 or 30 minutes on any given night.

The Detroit Pistons come into tonight’s contest having won three of their last five, but this team continues to produce mixed results. For example, the Pistons have won in Miami by double-digits and they are the only team this season to waltz into Indiana and came away with the victory. On the other hand, they have recent home losses to Memphis and Utah by 26 and 21 points, respectively. Go figure. The good news, Detroit is a perfect 2-0 against the Bucks this season, winning at their place 113-94 and then most recently in Milwaukee 105-98.

Can anyone give me one good reason why I should take the Milwaukee Bucks here? Or any game for that matter. Granted, they are facing a Jekyll and Hyde Detroit squad, but that’s not reason enough. The Pistons have already defeated Milwaukee twice this season and it’s pretty clear that they struggle with the sheer size of the Detroit players. Brandon Jennings should be up for facing his former team and what else is there to say really. The Bucks stink, fade them in every game and you will make money...

Dan’s Pick: Detroit -4.5

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