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(34-41) Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks (39-36)
Date: Friday March 31
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: -7 Milwaukee
NBA Betting Total: 199
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Division opponents, the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks will meet for the fourth and final time of the 2016-17 season. The Bucks have won two of the first three meetings between these teams and the Pistons hope to even the score.
The Pistons have been quickly falling out of playoff contention in the last two weeks of the season. They have lost eight of their last nine games and now sit three games out of the playoff race.
During that time, the team has had a tough time scoring the basketball, scoring just under 93 points per game. That is more than eight points below their season average and it hasn’t been the result of significant injuries to key players.
They simply aren’t playing well, more specifically, they’re not shooting well. The Pistons are a 45% shooting team on the season, but have only been shooting 41% over the past 10 games.
They’re taking more shots and more three attempts per game, but they are making less of both two point and three point shots per game. And while they’re shooting the same level of free throws per game during this 10 game stretch, they are making less of these shots too.
And this slide has been against teams both good and bad defensively, proof that this is a Pistons problem, not forced by opponent. Yet it’s also worth noting that in their three previous meetings versus the Bucks, their scoring average has also been well below their season average.
The Bucks meanwhile are a team that has been surging as of late and developing continuity with a very young, but also very talented group. Over the last 15 games, the Bucks have gone 12-3, but they’ve done so not with offensive improvement but with drastic defensive improvement.
Over the course of the season, the Bucks have allowed just over 104 points per game, a respectable number good enough for 9th in the league. Yet over the past 15 games their defense has been significantly better.
They’ve allowed only 99.3 points per game during this time, which would be good enough for third in the league. This explains the wins and also the Bucks’ rise in the playoff standings.
This version of the Bucks are a better version of the Utah Jazz. An elite level defense with around a league average offense. They haven’t played this way all season which explains their pedestrian record, but this is a positive sign for the future.
They will be a tough out in the playoffs and will continue to surge in the regular season as they look to jockey for better playoff position.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 9-2 in MIL last 11 games as a favorite
- Under is 7-2 in MIL last 9 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Under is 8-2 in Phoenix in their last 10 overall
Free Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Prediction:
The Pistons and the Bucks are going in opposite directions as teams, and their styles of play favors the Bucks in this matchup. I expect an easy win for Milwaukee as they hope to close ground on the five seed.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Under 199
The number seemed low at first, but with Detroit’s inability to score coupled with Milwaukee’s elite level defense; this seems like a sure bet for the under.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Detroit 89 – Milwaukee 97
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