The Pistons (26-29) travel to Milwaukee tonight to play the second of their back to back road games, this time to take on the Bucks (23-30). The game is an 8:00 EST tip off.
Projected line ups.
Detroit: Jackson, Caldwell-Pope, Morris, Leuer, Drummond
Milwaukee: Dellavedova, Snell, Antetokounmpo, Maker, Hensen.
The Pistons are coming in less than 24 hours removed from a thrilling comeback win over the Raptors. After trailing by as many as 16 in the 4th quarter, the Pistons battled back to take the lead on a KCP three with 13.2 seconds left. And while that is fantastic, it also means Detroit is coming into this game with tired legs. Keep that in mind if the Pistons struggle early or fade down the stretch.
Fizzling out was Detroit’s problem the last time these two teams met. The Pistons could only muster up 40 second half points in a painful 119-94 loss. Tobias Harris was one of the few bright spots for the team that night. He had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Andre Drummond also added on 26 points and 9 rebounds. Other than that, the Pistons were completely out matched that night. However, things have changed a lot for the Bucks since that meeting.
The biggest change has been the loss of Jabari Parker. Parker tore his ACL last week and it has left the Bucks scrambling to fill the void left at power forward. In case you were wondering, Parker was Milwaukee’s leading scorer with 31 the last time these two teams played. Overall, Parker was the team’s second leading scorer (20.1 ppg) behind only the man the call the Greek Freak.
Antetokounmpo is truly one of the freak talents in the game. He’s 6’11 and moves like a jack rabbit. It’s is a big part of why the 22 year old is averaging 23.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. He is the heart and soul of this Bucks team and stopping him has to be the priority. However, even if the Pistons key in on him it’s very hard to stop a guy who’s taller than Drummond and as quick as Reggie Jackson.
Key match up.
We already know that the Freak is going to get his numbers, so I’ll turn my attention to an old fan favorite. Greg Monroe could very well emerge as the Bucks number two option with Parker out of the line up. He has great touch around the basket and he uses his body and leverage to gain position down low. He’s a polished interior scorer who has the potential to give Drummond problems. If the Pistons are going to win tonight Drummond has to have the edge over his former teammate.
Jabari Parker is out the rest of the year.