Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons - 11/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (3-10) at Milwaukee Bucks (7-7)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons invade the Bradley Center to battle the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.
The Detroit Pistons have won just three of their first 13 games to start the season and head into Milwaukee fresh off a fourth straight loss after falling to the Hawks on Friday. Josh Smith had 16 points and Andre Drummond added 13 points with 16 rebounds for the Pistons who rallied after trailing 70-51 in the third quarter before losing 99-89. On offense, the Pistons shot just 37.3 percent from the field and four of 21 from the three-point line, but they were just as bad on defense, allowing the Hawks' Jeff Teague to pour in a season-high 28 points. With the loss, Detroit falls to 3-10 on the season and 1-6 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the surprise teams at this early stage of the season, but they've fallen from a healthy stretch of five wins in six games to lose their last two straight in back to back nights. After getting blown out by 124-82 in Toronto on Friday, the Bucks returned home to face the Wizards and lost by 111-100 despite leading by 15 points in the first half. Brandon Knight led hte way with 27 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 20, but there was just no stopping the playoff-bound Wizards who outscored them by 64-48 in a dominant second half. With the loss, Milwaukee falls to 7-7 overall and 4-2 at home.
In ATS trends, the Pistons are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss, while the Bucks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record.
The Bucks have already shown plenty of improvement in just 14 games this season, but I'm still reluctant to take them against the upper echelon of talent in this league. With that being said, the Pistons have been one of the worst teams all season and especially bad on the road, so this is an easy decision for me. Take the Bucks to win and cover at home.