Game Preview: Detroit Pistons Host Milwaukee Bucks, Look for Second Consecutive Win

Today the Detroit Pistons (1-1) take on the Milwaukee Bucks (1-1) at 6:00 US EST at The Palace of  Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Probable Starting Lineups

Detroit Pistons

PG: Ish Smith

SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

SF: Marcus Morris

PF: Tobias Harris

C: Andre Drummond

Milwaukee Bucks

PG: Matthew Dellavedova

SG: Tony Snell

SF: Giannis Antetokounmp

PF: Jabari Parker

C: Miles Plumlee

The Detroit Pistons are coming off of their largest home opener victory in franchise history and they look to carry this momentum into their third game of the season. Friday night, the Pistons destroyed the Orlando Magic 108-82. Pistons dominated on both ends of the floor. Tobias Harris led all scorers with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assist, 2 steals, and 1 block. Marcus Morris poured in 17 points while collecting 8 rebounds. Ish Smith defied his career shooting average and scored 16 points on very efficient shooting (8-13). Smith also dished out a game high 8 assists while Andre Drummond dominated the boards with 20 rebounds. Respectively, it was a very well balanced game with six Pistons (Morris, Harris, Drummond, Smith, Udrih Baynes) scoring in double figures while posting a positive +/- rating.

Against the Bucks, Detroit returns the same starting lineup. Beno Udrih, Aron Baynes, Jon Leuer, and Stanley Johnson will continue to spearhead the second unit, but the Pistons will be out their best perimeter shooter, Reggie Bullock.

Last night the Milwaukee Bucks (1-1) earned their first win of the season when they defeated the Brooklyn Nets at home. John Henson was the hero when he tipped back a Jabari Parker miss to take the lead 110-108. Coming off the bench, Rashard Vaughn led the Bucks in scoring with a career-high 22 points on 8-17 shooting. Vaughn connected on six 3-pointers, Giannis Antetokounmpo added  21 points, and starting point guard Matthew Dellavedova led the Bucks with 9 assists.

Last year the Pistons won 3 of 4 meetings against the Bucks. Coming into 2016-2017 season, Giannis Antetokoumpo is by far the Bucks best player. Last year, the 6-foot-11 forward nicknamed the “Greek Freak” averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. Most intriguingly, Giannis plays a bulk of his time at the point guard thus making him a matchup nightmare. Look for Jabari Parker, forward from Duke, to be the Bucks second scoring option. After missing most of his rookie year due to an ACL tear, Jabari Parker played 76 games last year and posted solid numbers with 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

In the off season, the Bucks signed free agent Matthew Dellavedova. Last year for Cleveland, “Delly” scored 7.5 points per game while dishing 4.4 assists. Dellavedova is a scrappy defender and will fit right into the Bucks offense. Similiar  to Dellavedova’s roll in Cleveland, Bucks’ Coach Jason Kidd wants Dellavedova to play off-the-ball a lot while still being a lockdown point guard on defense. Also coming off the bench will be former Piston, Greg Monroe.

Missing from the Bucks starting lineup is another former Pistons shooting guard, Khris Middleton. Similar to Reggie Jackson, Middleton suffered his injury (torn left hamstring) just before the season started. Unfortunately, Khris will be sidelined at least six months but he is expected to make full recovery.