Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 11/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (2-3) at Detroit Pistons (1-3)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -5 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSD+, FSWI
The Detroit Pistons host the Milwaukee Bucks in NBA Central Division action on Friday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks are 2-3 to start the year but really they’ve beaten expectations with a narrow OT loss against the Hornets and second half collapse against the Bulls on Wednesday preventing them from having a winning record. The Bucks have a decent pool of talent on their roster with Brandon Knight filling up the stat sheet from the point position, Larry Sanders back in action to guard the rim and rebound after missing a large chunk of last season, and Jabari Parker getting the starting nod in his rookie year out of Duke. The Bucks have some good veteran glue guys as well with Jared Dudley joining the team from the Clippers and Ersan Ilyasova and Zaza Pachulia down low, which helps to aid new head coach Jason Kidd in establishing cohesiveness.
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The Detroit Pistons picked up their first win over the Knicks in their last outing on Wednesday, but they really made the fans sweat as a comfortable lead throughout eroded into a one possession game in the final seconds. The Pistons were definitely underachievers last season but they have a chance to redeem themselves as their starting five all played with the team last year. The Pistons are loaded down low with Andre Drummond and Greg Munroe able to overpower most opponents with strength and Josh Smith offering versatility to stretch the floor and maneuver athletically. Head coach Stan Van Gundy will definitely be asked to get consistent production out of point guard Brandon Jennings, who has really been a volatile player but shown such great potential when distributing and hitting his outside shot with confidence. D.J. Augustin will of course be ready to take any minutes he can get in relief of Jennings after a breakout season with the Bulls last year relieving Derrick Rose. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made the move to SG last time out against the Knicks and was instrumental in the win, which could lead to the second year player being a bigger factor in the offense moving forward.
The Pistons are a difficult team to trust after an error-prone season last year but I think with Van Gundy running the show we might start to see consistency moving forward with this squad. In a winnable game on a home stand, I’ll take my chances that Detroit can make it back-to-back wins and covers.