The third and fourth best squads of the Eastern Conference are clashing in this high caliber duel, when the third Milwaukee Bucks (15-7), who have been unstable for the past two weeks, are hosting the fourth Detroit Pistons (11-10), who saw lengthy winning streak end and are looking to bounce back.
Date/Time: 12-05-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5
Milwaukee Bucks have a 15-7 record (11-10-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. In their last game they lost on the road against the Knicks with a 134-136 score in overtime, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27.6 ppg, adding 6 dimes and a team high 13.2 boards per game. He is followed by Kris Middleton with 18.5 ppg, 5.5 boards and 4 dimes per game.
Detroit Pistons have a 13-8 record (12-9 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. In their last game they saw a five-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Thunder with an 83-110 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 24.6 ppg, adding 9.2 boards and a team high 5 dimes per game. He is followed by Andre Drummond with 18.3 ppg and a team high 15.9 boards per game.
In their four meetings last season both teams were tied 2-2 wins with each one winning twice at home. Bucks have a 11-2 home record this season, while the Pistons are 4-4 on the road. Bucks have the best offense in the league with 121.4 ppg to Pistons’ 110.2, while Pistons are better defensively, allowing 109.2 ppg to Bucks’ 111.3. Bucks have better percentages both in field goals (48.8% to 43.3%) and in 3-pointers (36.1% to 32.3%). They are also better in boards grabbed (50.5 to 47.3) and in dimes made (27.4 to 21.4), while Pistons are better in turnovers committed (13.8 to 14.8). Bucks are extremely strong at home this season and Vegas odds give them a -8.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory.
Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5 (-106)
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