- The Bucks visit the Pistons on Tuesday, November 2nd
- Milwaukee is a 5.5-point road favorite
- Find the odds, preview, and prediction below
The Milwaukee Bucks will be looking to end a three-game losing streak when they face the struggling Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, November 2nd. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM EST at Little Caesars Arena.
The defending champions have hit a poor spell, most recently dropping contests to the Timberwolves, Spurs, and Jazz. As for Detroit, the Brooklyn Nets beat them up on Sunday night at the Barclays Center.
Bucks vs Pistons Odds
|Milwaukee Bucks||-5.5 (-109)||-210||OFF|
|Detroit Pistons||+5.5 (-112)||+170||OFF|
Odds as of November 1st at Barstool Sportsbook.
The Bucks have won a mind-boggling 10 games in a row against the Pistons, which dates back to December 28th, 2016.
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Milwaukee Needs Bounce Back Win
It’s very unusual to see the Bucks drop three consecutive games on home court, but Tuesday is a clear-cut opportunity to break out against a poor Detroit team. Milwaukee was shorthanded on Sunday in a 107-95 loss to the Utah Jazz, with Khris Middleton sidelined due to illness. On top of that, Mike Budenholzer’s squad is already missing Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday, and Donte DiVincenzo to injury.
The Bucks trailed the entire contest against Utah and were frankly miserable offensively. They shot a dismal 29% from downtown and only 41% from the field. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the charge with 25 points, while Grayson Allen and Bobby Portis added 18 and 15, respectively. Milwaukee managed to get to the line just six times, generating a mere five points from the charity stripe. There wasn’t exactly a glaring area where the Bucks were outplayed, it simply came down to the Jazz dominating on both sides of the ball.
Through this losing skid, the reigning champs are shooting 27.5% from three-point land (36 for 131), and have been limited to under 100 points on two occasions. To be fair though, Milwaukee has yet to play with a full rotation due to health problems. Giannis is being forced to carry the load and unfortunately, Middleton went into the health and safety protocols on Monday, which means he’ll be out for the time being. As for Holiday, he’s still rehabbing a sprained ankle. His absence has been felt heavily because of just how solid he is at the defensive end.
"Nobody's gonna feel sorry for us. We're the defending Champions." pic.twitter.com/dm4ZAmYAlo
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 1, 2021
Despite being banged up, the Bucks are practically unbeatable against Detroit. After a dreadful home stand, the team will be hungry for a much-needed win here.
Growing Pains For Detroit
There isn’t much expected from the Pistons in 2021/22 and the campaign hasn’t exactly started off great, going 1-5. Their lone victory came against the Magic, while losing to several good teams including the Bulls, Nets, 76ers, and Hawks.
Brooklyn rolled over Detroit on Halloween, defeating them by 26 points. The offense has been dismal so far and it showed on Sunday, with just three players scoring in double-digits. Cory Joseph dropped a team-high 13, while franchise centerpiece Jerami Grant had a cold night, pouring in only 11 points.
The Pistons were bullied on the glass, getting outrebounded 41-29 and outscored 42-30 in the paint. Dwane Casey’s squad is towards the bottom of the Association in almost every single category imaginable and it showed. However, this team does have some interesting pieces. Grant had a breakout campaign in 2020/21, while Saddiq Bey is already making a leap in Year Two, averaging 15.8 points and eight rebounds in six games so far.
Saddiq Bey goes to work on James Harden and drains the turnaround jumper pic.twitter.com/azDmUy0uQe
— Hisiah Thomas (@RedAlternates) November 1, 2021
First overall pick Cade Cunningham also finally made his season debut in the first game of a back-to-back on Saturday against the Magic. He sat out vs. Brooklyn due to injury management, but he should be good to go on Tuesday as the Pistons slowly work him into the mix. Cunningham is one of the frontrunners to win Rookie of the Year and profiles to be a key piece of the future.
Bucks vs Pistons Prediction
I frankly don’t see any possibility of Milwaukee losing this affair. Even with a depleted roster right now, they have more than enough talent to beat a young, inexperienced Detroit team who are learning on the fly. Expect Antetokounmpo to have a big night and impose his will on both ends. Take the Bucks to comfortably cover the spread here.
Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -5.5 (-109)