It will be a tough task for the young Pistons to try and secure their second win over the Bucks in their last fifteen tries. However, if it’s time to shock the world, why not the day after they stunned the NBA by beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 128-114?
The Bucks enter this game as the only undefeated team in the league at 5-0. Not only did they win, but they did so by a good margin. Mike Budenholzer’s team has a +10.4 point differential and just one close game against the 76ers in their opener. More recently, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday led the team to a 123-115 win over an Atlanta Hawks team that had just beaten Detroit twice.
The Pistons, meanwhile, will certainly be looking to continue their hot shot from last night. The team shot 42.4 percent from three, or 14. SF Saddiq Bey was a big part of their hot hand, getting 28 points from four threes. Cade Cunningham nearly had a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists as the offense fired on all cylinders. Other starters added big contributions, including a 24-point double-double from Isaiah Stewart and 21 points from newly extended Bojan Bogdanovic. Speaking of Bogdanovic, he will have an interesting night ahead of him, possibly coming off the bench to avoid the game with the Greek monster.
Guarding Antetokounmpo will certainly be a difficult task for a Pistons team that lacks size in its frontcourt. To add to their problems, rookie Jalen Duren injured his ankle late in the game against the Warriors. It would have been a tantalizing matchup to see what the athletic 18-year-old could do against the two-time MVP. Well, we’ll have to wait until the next time these two face off, and Duren is healthy.
HOW TO WATCH
When: 8:00 p.m. EST
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Television: Bally Sports Detroit and Bally Sports Milwaukee
Pistons – Jalen Duren (ankle), Alec Burks (foot) and Marvin Bagley III (knee) – OUT
Bucks – Pat Connaughton (calf), Joe Ingles (ACL), Khris Middleton (wrist) and AJ Green (nose) – OUT