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Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 4/20/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons
Date & Time Saturday April 20, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit, Michigan
The Line
The Line: Detroit Pistons +8 -- Over/Under: 217
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons meet Saturday in game three of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Milwaukee Bucks look to all but put this series to bed with another victory to build a 3-0 lead. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 120.5 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 92.5 points on 37.7 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 25 points and 14.5 rebounds while Eric Bledsoe is averaging 21 points and 5.5 assists. Khris Middleton is the third double-digit scorer and Pat Connaughton is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 54 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have split their last eight road games.

The Detroit Pistons need a victory here in order to keep their hopes alive of winning this series. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 92.5 points on 37.7 percent shooting and allowing 120.5 points on 50.6 percent shooting. Luke Kennard is averaging 20 points and two assists while Andre Drummond is averaging 15 points and 14 rebounds. Reggie Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Langston Galloway is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have won 12 of their last 14 home games.

The Bucks are 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Pistons are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bucks are 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 5-0-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Pistons last 4 home games. The over is 8-3 in Bucks last 11 road games.

The Detroit Pistons were highly impressive at home to close out the regular season where they won 12 of their last 14 games and covered 11 of those games. The problem is the Pistons don't have Blake Griffin this time and have lost the first two games of this series by an average of 28 points. Home court can be a massive edge in the playoffs, but it's going to take far more than that for the Pistons to close the gap against these Bucks. The Pistons are also just 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 home games as an underdog. The Milwaukee Bucks have covered 11 of their last 16 games when a road favorite. It's really tough to make a case for the Pistons when you see how the first two games played out and the fact they're still without their best player. Expect another Bucks beatdown. 

Pick:
Milwaukee Bucks -8

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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