Pistons vs. Bucks Prediction
Are the Milwaukee Bucks giving up too many points at home to the Detroit Pistons when the two division foes meet up tonight at 8PM ET?
577 Detroit Pistons vs. 578 Milwaukee Bucks
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
8PM ET – Fiserv Forum
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bucks are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -10.5 points against the Pistons. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 218.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 52 percent going on the Bucks at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pistons continue slide
The Pistons ended a really poor December with a 109-107 loss at Orlando on Sunday. Detroit has now lost and failed to cover in four of its last five games. Detroit is 16-18 on the year, 5-10 on the road, 16-17-1 against the spread and 18-16 with the under.
Detroit is giving up 109.5 points per game this season despite having the league’s top 3-point defense (31.7 percent). Offensively, the Pistons are putting up only 107.7 points per game while shooting just 43.3 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from the arc. Already without Ish Smith and Henry Ellenson, the Pistons are expecting to be without Zaza Pachulia as well. Blake Griffin is putting up 24.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game to lead the team while Andre Drummond is adding 17.4 points and 15.3 rebounds per contest.
Bucks keep rolling
Milwaukee is coming off a 129-115 win at home over Brooklyn on Saturday for its third straight win and seventh win in eight games. The Bucks are now 25-10 on the season, 16-3 at home, 19-14-2 against the spread and 18-17 with the over.
The Bucks are the top-scoring offense in the NBA, averaging 116.9 points per game. They are also the league’s best rebounding team at 49.9 per game. Defensively, Milwaukee is giving up 107.9 points per game while holding opponents to shoot 43.2 percent from the field. Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the team with 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game while Khris Middleton is adding 17.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pistons are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six conference games.
The Bucks are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven conference games and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games at home.
The spread is big, but the Bucks have won both meetings with Detroit this season, including a 115-92 win at home on Dec. 5. The Pistons don’t match up well with Milwaukee, as the Bucks have the presence inside to limit the damage Drummond and Griffin can do. Milwaukee also scores at a pace far too strong for the poor-shooting Detroit team. The Pistons have failed to cover in their last three road games while the Bucks have won their last two by at least 14 points.
NBA Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -10.5