Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons / NBA – The Bucks showed in the first game why they are favourites to win the series and why they were the best team in the regular season. Their job was made somewhat easier due to injury of the Piston’s best player Griffin, who will probably skip two following games.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons begins 18.04.2019 at 02:00 CET
The Bucks showed what they can do when they won the first game in the series by 121-86. The picture gests even more impressive if we look only at the first quarter 38-18 when the home team largely decided the winner. After 82 games they had the best score in the league and are already one of most serious candidates to win the title, not only the one in the Easter Conference but also in the entire league. Besides, Antetokounmpo is alongside Harden the most serious favourite to win the MVP Award.
He scored 24 points and had 17 rebounds in just 23 minutes in the first game. In that way he used in the best way Griffin’s absence, which will surely try to repeat in the second game. The most important fact for the Bucks is that no important players spent more than 25 minutes on the court and all of them are fresh for the second duel. The Bucks had a lead of 43 points at one point, and the final +35 was their third highest victory in their play-off career. It is also important that Mirotic has recovered and is back in the team, since he skipped previous 11 games.
Probable lineups Milwaukee Bucks: Bledsoe, Brown, Middleton, Antetokounmpo, Lopez
The Pistons had played four play-off series against the Bucks so far. With total score 14-3 they had eliminated Milwaukee all four times, but it is not likely that will be able to repeat that for the fifth time now. Simply put, they have no solution for fast game of their opponents and often get nervous in those moments; the Piston’s centre Drummond was sent off in the third quarter for unsportsmanlike foul on Antetokounmpo.
Griffin’s replacement, young Maker (who starter his NBA career right in the Bucks) has neither experience nor skill to sufficiently slow down Milwaukee’s best player and if Griffin doesn’t get ready for some of following games we are afraid that the Pistons cannot avoid elimination without winning a game. The Pistons didn’t exploit fact that the Bucks played without two important guards in their game, Brogdon and Snell, although in general Detroit didn’t function well as a team in the first game (shooting from the field was mere 38%, and for three points 29.6%).
Probable lineups Detroit Pistons: Jackson, Brown, Ellington, Maker, Drummond
Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons PICK
The Pistons won none of four matches with Detroit in the regular season and the tradition continues in the play-off. Without Griffin (and even with him) than cannot be expected to change. Simply, Milwaukee plays inspiredly and steamrolls everything in front of it; it seems that the Bucks want to finish the job as soon as possible and get rest before the Conference semi-finals.
Pick: Milwaukee -15.5 points
Odds: 1.98 at betsson (down to 1.83 can be played)
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