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Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 3/31/14

Milwaukee Bucks (14-59) at Detroit Pistons (26-47)

NBA Basketball: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

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The Detroit Pistons play host to the Milwaukee Bucks for a battle at The Palace tonight.

The Pistons have lost four of their last 22 games overall but hit rock bottom on Saturday when they got trounced by the 76ers by 123-98. Looking to snap a 26-game losing streak, the 76ers stormed out of the gate and poured in 70 points in the first half to which the Pistons could not respond. Greg Monroe had 20 points and 10 rebounds while Rodney Stuckey added 17 points off the bench, but this game was over well before the fourth quarter as the Pistons couldn't match the energy or the desperation that the 76ers were playing with. It didn't help that Brandon Jennings got ejected in the first quarter for arguing a call that wasn't even against him, but the bottom line is that the 76ers wanted this game a lot more than the Pistons.

Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 3/31/14

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Meanwhile, the Bucks have lost nine of their last 10 games and are coming off their lowest scoring game of the season. In a horrific shooting performance, Ramon Sessions topped the scoring with just 15 points as the Bucks shot just 34.2 percent from the field as a team in a 88-67 loss. Sure, the Bucks might use the excuse that they were shorthanded, but the Heat were without a couple of their best players and were still able to hold the Bucks to 29 points and 30 percent shooting in the first half. With the loss, Milwaukee fall to two games behind Philadelphia for the worst record in the league and the best shot at the first pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

In ATS trends, the Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games, while the Pistons are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.

Head to head, the Road team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Detroit.

The Pistons will be eager to make up for their most embarrassing loss of their season so I expect them to bounce back here.

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