Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons Prediction & Match Preview - January 13, 2021 | NBA Season 2020-21
Detroit Pistons have 13-game losing streak vs. Milwaukee Bucks. It's time to end it
Welcome to Detroit Pistons game score, live updates and analysis as they play the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at Little Caesars Arena.
The Pistons have a chance to exact some revenge on the Bucks and end an embarrassing losing streak to their Central division rival.
The Bucks smashed the Pistons twice last week in Milwaukee, upping their win streak to 13 straight games against Detroit, including a four-game postseason sweep in 2019. The Pistons made both scores respectable in the fourth quarters, losing 125-115 and 130-115 two days later.
The Detroit Pistons will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday in what is the third matchup already between these two sides in the 2020-21 NBA season. In both encounters, the Bucks came out comfortable winners and are beginning to show the consistency in offense that will help them dominate the East this year.
On Monday evening, the Milwaukee Bucks ran the Orlando Magic out of their own gym with the support of their bench scorers. Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons had a mixed back-to-back at the weekend in which they shone in an overtime win over the Phoenix Suns then suffered after a sluggish start against the Utah Jazz the next night.
The Bucks are expected to win this matchup again, with Pistons fans hoping their side can at least put up a stronger fight after a 3-day rest.
It is a battle of two of the top teams in each of their respective conferences when the Indiana Pacers take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Indiana comes into this game slumping a bit, as they have dropped two of their last three games, including a 106-102 loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday. New Orleans has won their last two games, including a 120-116 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
We have an NBA Central Division matchup to consider for Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks meet the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season. Milwaukee has won both previous meetings and enters this matchup looking to extend a two-game winning streak. Detroit has lost four of its last five games and suffered a 96-86 home loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday evening.
The Milwaukee Bucks are beginning to show why they are favorites to top the Eastern Conference this season. Having won 5 of their last 6, the Bucks have a 7-4 record and the best offensive efficiency rating in the league.
Each of the Bucks' wins has been by ten points or more as they suffocate inferior opposition. Khris Middleton has, so far, averaged career-high points and new guard Jrue Holiday has shown his defensive prowess with 2.1 steals per game.
The Pistons' last win in the series came Feb. 28, 2018 at LCA, a 110-87 blowout led by Stanley Johnson's 19 points off the bench — remember him? Giannis Antetokounmpo had 11 points on 5-for-13 shooting with three rebounds in the game.
Antetokounmpo has torched the Pistons, and last week scored 68 points on 25-for-39 shooting combined in the two games. Khris Middleton in the two games had 42 points on 16-for-25 shooting and 11 assists.
Bucks Two Game Winning Streak
The Bucks are rolling right along and has won four of its last five games and sits atop the Central Division with a 7-4 record this season. The one-two punch of Giannis Antetokounpo and Khris Middleton has been devastating at times this season and newly acquired Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis have been welcome additions on both ends of the floor.
Milwaukee defeated the Orlando Magic on Monday night by a score of 121-99 in Orlando. Antetokounmpo led the way with 22 points with six rebounds and four assists while Middleton chipped in with 20 points alongside ten caroms. Portis came off of the bench to score 20 and Bryn Forbes also scored 14 off of the bench in garbage time to lead Milwaukee.
The Bucks play at the sixth-fastest pace in the NBA this season and score an average of 129.1 points and allows an average of 110.3 points per game. Milwaukee leads the league in true shooting percentage and is sixth in offensive rebound percentage.
Pistons Fall to Utah
Detroit is having a difficult season and it doesn’t appear that things will be getting better any time soon either. They’ve lost four of their last five games and are 2-8 this season. Jerami Grant was acquired in the offseason to bring the energy and he’s done more than his fair share of that while leading the team in scoring. Mason Plumlee leads the team in caroms while Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose lead the team in assists. Rose is listed as day to day for this tilt.
Despite their positive start, coach Budenholzer will want to address the fact that 3 of the Milwaukee Bucks' losses have come against playoff-caliber sides in the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Utah Jazz.
Milwaukee's defense sits 7th in the league and is on target to repeat the feat of best in the NBA. However, their fans will be wary of their side's postseason demons by being unable to overcome the toughest opposition throughout a 7-game series.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best all-rounders in the NBA and is currently on course to compete for a historic three-peat of MVP trophies. The Greek Forward is averaging 26.6 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists while coach Budenholzer has been careful to manage the superstar's minutes.
Now that the Bucks front office have improved the roster around Giannis, the reigning MVP has less responsibility on offense. Of course, teams are still double-teaming Antetokounmpo. But with the Milwaukee Bucks' new offensive system, his teammates are getting more open looks and rank fifth in the league for 3-pointers attempted.
Giannis is still one of the league's elite defenders and is currently averaging 1.2 steals and a block per game. If the Bucks are to succeed in this year's playoffs, Antetokounmpo will have to continue his MVP-calibre performances and hope the Bucks roster follow suit.