Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 17, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee -15.5 -- Over/Under 211
The Milwaukee Bucks look to take a 2-0 series lead against the Detroit Pistons in Game 2 at the Fiserv Forum on Wednesday night.
The Detroit Pistons lost seven of their last 11 games of the regular season to stumble into the playoffs with the eighth seed and things went from bad to worse on Sunday as the Pistons lost to the Bucks by 121-86 in Game 1. Luke Kennard led the team in scoring with 21 points off the bench while Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson each scored 12 points, but no other player finished in double figures as the Pistons struggled mightily. As a team, the Pistons shot just 38 percent from the field and eight of 27 from the 3-point line which was never going to be enough to hang with the Bucks who led by 20 points after the first quarter and 27 points at halftime. Blake Griffin sat out Game 1 with a sore knee and his status for Game 2 remains unclear.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been the benchmark of the Eastern Conference all season and they showed that again in their dominant win in Game 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 24 points, 17 rebounds and four assists, George Hill added 16 points off the bench while Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 15 points and five assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 48 percent from the field and 15 of 43 from the 3-point line as they cruised to victory after storming out of the gates to an early 20-4 run before putting the game out of reach with 70 points in the first half. The Bucks led this game by as many as 43 points late in the third quarter which allowed coach Mike Budenholzer to rest his starters early.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600, 2-7 ATS in their last nine Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Bucks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games, 21-10-1 ATS in their last 32 games against a team with a losing record and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Head to head, the under is 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings, the Pistons are 0-4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Pistons are 0-3-1 ATS in the last four meetings in Milwaukee.
The Bucks took care of business on Sunday as they absolutely demolished the Pistons in one of the most lopsided games all season and it’s hard to see anything but a similar result, especially if Griffin remains out for the Pistons. The Bucks swept the Pistons in the regular season and they’re on their way to another sweep as the Pistons just don’t have the firepower to hang with them. Of the Bucks’ five wins over the Pistons this season, four have come by double-digits and I think that trend continues here as the Bucks should cruise once again.