Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks Pick

April 17, 8:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Milwaukee -15

The Detroit Pistons (41-42) will travel to the Milwaukee Bucks (61-22) for Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The divisional rivalry match will take place at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET and will be broadcasted on FSN. The Deer extended their winning streak against Detroit on Sunday to five games when they defeated the Pistons 121-86 to cover easily as a 15-point favorite.

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Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks Overview

Detroit Pistons

Everything that could go wrong for Detroit on Sunday seemingly did. The Pistons were outmuscled on the boards by a margin of 54 to 46 total rebounds, committed three more turnovers compared to their counterparts, and they were outshot 48.9% to 38% from the field. As a result, the Maulers from the Motor City found themselves swallowing a 35-point deficit.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks never trailed in Game One. Milwaukee put the pedal to the metal and never looked back. Milwaukee led by as much as 43 points at one point in the wire-to-gate performance. In the paint, Milwaukee scored 52 which was far superior to Detroit's 38 points in the paint effort. Honing their home court advantage, the Bucks won their 34th game in Milwaukee while the Pistons fell to 15-27 SU on the road.

Reasons To Back Detroit

Game Ones are pivotal for setting the pace and tempo perhaps for all the series. Usually, upset-minded teams like to make their presence felt in the opening frame. Look no further than Brooklyn and Orlando. However, Detroit did the opposite here and could very well come into this game flat from being utterly demoralized by the Deer. Nevertheless, Milwaukee typically outscores opponents by 12.6 points when at home this season. Furthermore, despite the result, the market won't give Detroit any more points which means perhaps that Game One was a one-off in terms of a 35-point thrashing.

Reasons To Back Milwaukee

Milwaukee played every bit like the top team it is in the East. As a result of this, the Bucks will be prone to an overlay here by virtue of the fact their stock is now soaring after the drubbing they handed their divisional rivals. The fact remains that a number as lofty as this one could set up Bucks takers to be back-doored as Milwaukee could go up by perhaps 25 points and call off the dogs in the fourth quarter when the game is in hand.

Pistons at Bucks Prediction 04/17/2019

Detroit can simply not afford to go down 2-0 against the Bucks as that would assuredly spell the end for the Pistons with two more games guaranteed to go back to Milwaukee in this series after that. I expect Rock City to play with a sense of urgency and throw the kitchen sink at the Deer. Will they win? I don't think so. Cover though? Absolutely. Take the points.

Free Pick: 
Take Detroit +15