Game Preview: Pistons look to break 3-game losing streak against Bucks
On Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons (14-9) will look to break their three-game losing streak when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks (12-10) at 8pm EST at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Probable Starting Lineups:
PG: Reggie Jackson SG: Avery Bradley SF: Stanley Johnson PF: Tobias Harris C: Andre Drummond
Injuries: Jon Leuer (ankle)
PG: Eric Bledsoe SG: Tony Snell SF: Khris Middleton PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo C: John Henson
Injuries: Matthew Dellavedova (knee), Jason Terry (calf), Mirza Teletovic (knee), Jabari Parker (knee)
The Pistons and Bucks have split their first two meetings this season. During these two games, Bucks’ superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Former Piston Khris Middleton has averaged 21.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds while the Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon has posted 16.5 points with 6.5 assists.
Although the Pistons won the first game, they lost the second game, in part, because the Bucks newly acquired combo guard Eric Bledsoe did a little bit of everything. In his first game against the Pistons, Bledsoe posted a full stat-line of 14 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks in the Bucks 99-95 win.
Through two games against the Bucks, Andre Drummond has averaged 18.5 points with 15.5 rebounds while Avery Bradley has averaged 25.5 points.
In order for the Pistons to win, Tobias Harris will need to be himself. Through 23 games, Harris has been on fire posting a career-high 19.1 points per game on 47.8% shooting but against the Buck he has only averaged 13 points on 37.5% shooting. Harris has mostly struggled driving the ball against the freakishly athletic Giannis Antetokounmpo and other Bucks’ wings.
Overall, the Pistons are in a bit of a tale-spin and the Bucks are a very good team that is currently underachieving. Pistons will need to play a great game in Milwaukee in order to get a win.