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Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Detroit Pistons (41-41) at Milwaukee Bucks (60-22)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET (Fiserv Forum Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Line and Odds: Milwaukee Bucks -13

Over/Under: 219

FREE NBA PICKS Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks will be hosting Detroit Pistons for Game 1 of the best-of-seven series in Round 1 of the Eastern Conference. This is a pure playoff matchup as no.1 in the league is going against the 16th. While Pistons are making their first appearance in the playoffs since 2015-16 and second in 10 years, Milwaukee is ready for its third consecutive playoffs appearance looking to qualify the first round for the first time since 2001.

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks are seeded no.1 in the league coming into the post-season with a stellar record of 60-22 in the regular season and will hold the home court advantage throughout the post-season. Milwaukee lost to Celtics last year in the game 7 of the first round but the team has improved a lot since then. Milwaukee would be eyeing at NBA finals this time with their much-improved team and their best player and MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Also, Mike Budenholzer has done a fantastic job with this team this year, making a strong case for the coach the year. Milwaukee is best in defensive rating and 3rd in offense in the league. Bucks have been brilliant in protecting the paint allowing only 23.9% attempts at the rim (lowest in the league) but tend to leave the 3-pt line unprotected with 38.5% attempts against per game. This doesn’t seem to be much of a problem against the poor shooting pistons team who is 34.8% from behind the arch.

Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons has just been able to make it to the playoffs with a 41-41 record losing 7 of their last 11 games. Pistons averaged 107 pts on 44% shooting giving up 107.3 pts on 46.9%. Although Blake Griffin had a breakout season from the 3pt line, shooting 34.8% from behind the arch and Andre Drummond is dominating the paint with 17.3 ppg and 15.6 rbg, cleaning the glass and creating 2nd chances but Pistons were not able to achieve much in the regular season because of lack in team chemistry and role players in the squad.  

Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends

Detroit

Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games

Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games

Milwaukee

Milwaukee is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games

Milwaukee is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee’s last 7 games

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Milwaukee has swept Detroit in 4 games series in the regular season even after surprising underperformances by Giannis. Eric Bledsoe led the charge with 20.5 pts,6.5 asts on 51.6 fg% and a staggering 40% 3pt. It is evident from Bucks strategy and performance in the regular season that Pistons have to be really good from behind the arch to even make this series competitive. But with Bucks going into this one shorthanded behind injured Brogdon and Tony Snell, they might face some problem in the bench time. Also, the NBA has already seen 3 upsets in the first 4 games of round 1 on Saturday. I am not rooting for the Pistons pull this one but this line (-13) is undermining the road team.

Pick:  Detroit Pistons (+13)

Raghav Heda
Raghav Heda
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