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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons Pick & Prediction JAN 13TH 2021

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Milwaukee vs. Detroit Recap JAN 13TH 2021

Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 41 points, and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks earned their first playoff series victory in 18 seasons by completing a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons with a 127-104 win on Monday.

The All-Star forward added nine rebounds, three assists and four blocks for the top-seeded Bucks, who will play fourth-seeded Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Celtics swept the Indiana Pacers in a first-round series.

Milwaukee had lost in the first round during its past eight playoff appearances.

Khris Middleton had 18 points and Eric Bledsoe contributed 16 points and five assists for the Bucks. Nikola Mirotic tossed in 12 points off the bench. Sterling Brown added nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Milwaukee, which also swept the Pistons during the four-game regular-season series.

Milwaukee shot 41 free throws, hitting 31, compared to Detroit's 9-of-12 finish at the line.

The eighth-seeded Pistons were swept in the opening round of the playoffs for the third time since 2009. They lost their 14th consecutive postseason game, an NBA record. They haven't won a playoff game since the 2007-08 season.

Reggie Jackson led Detroit with 26 points and seven assists. Blake Griffin had 22 points, five rebounds and six assists before fouling out. Andre Drummond chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Jackson carried the Pistons' offense in the first half, pouring in 20 points as Detroit grabbed a 62-56 halftime advantage.

Griffin made a 3-pointer early in the third to give the Pistons a 71-62 lead, but Griffin and Drummond soon picked up their fourth fouls.

Middleton hit three free throws when Bruce Brown committed his fifth foul, tying the score at 73-all.

Griffin hit a pair of threes in a 29-second span to put Detroit back in front.

Pat Connaughton's steal and dunk with 4:21 remaining in the quarter allowed Milwaukee to regain the lead, 83-82. Antetokounmpo attempted six free throws in a 1:39 span and made five, stretching the Bucks' advantage to 91-84.

A Bledsoe layup in the final minute of the quarter made it 95-85.

The Bucks also scored the first five points of the fourth quarter with Antetokounmpo resting, extending their advantage to 15 points.

--Field Level Media


NBA schedulers did the Detroit Pistons no favors by pitting them against the Milwaukee Bucks three times in their first 11 games.

Milwaukee had won the past 11 meetings, including in the playoffs, entering the season. The Bucks extended that streak to 13 with two home wins over the Pistons last week.

Detroit will try to halt its skid when it hosts Milwaukee on Wednesday night. The Pistons allowed 125 and 130 points in the first two meetings.

They rallied from 23 points down for a 110-105 overtime victory over Phoenix on Friday, then lost 96-86 to Utah on Sunday. The Jazz scored the first nine points and never trailed.

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"We've got to pick it up at both ends," coach Dwane Casey said. "We've got to be consistent. One night, it's our offense, one night it's our defense. I thought last week our offense was clicking and our defense was not clicking. ... I thought (Sunday) after the first quarter our defense was as solid as it's been (all season)."

Detroit made more roster changes than any team during the offseason and now is dealing with injuries. Lottery pick and starting point guard Killian Hayes is out indefinitely with a hip injury. His backup, sixth man Derrick Rose, missed Sunday's game with a sore knee.

That predictably led to a season low in points, as the team shot 33.3 percent from the field against the Jazz.

It resulted in Detroit's eighth loss in 10 outings this season.

"I expected some unbalanced play," Casey said. "A lack of chemistry, a lack of togetherness for our team. There's a lot of bright spots, but we've just got to bring it all together as a unit, as a team, at both ends of the floor."

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The biggest bright spot has been the offensive contributions of Jerami Grant. In his first six seasons in the league, he never averaged more than 13.6 points per game. In his first season with the Pistons, he's averaging 25.1.

Grant established a career high with 31 points against the Bucks last Wednesday, then matched it two days later against the Suns.

That won't matter if the Pistons fail to contain Giannis Antetokounmpo. The two-time league Most Valuable Player scored 43 points in 36 minutes in the teams' first meeting this season. He scored 25 points in 28 minutes in the rematch two nights later.

Antetokounmpo got into foul trouble in Milwaukee's game against Orlando on Monday. He picked up his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter with the Bucks leading by just four. Antetokounmpo hit a 3-pointer and set up Bobby Portis for another 3 to lift his team to an eight-point advantage.

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"I had five fouls, but I was just trying to play the game, go downhill and get my teammates involved," he said.

Antetokounmpo then retreated to the bench, but the Bucks pulled away to a 121-99 victory.

"I thought he made two big plays and got us to a point where we could maybe give him a break and just see what happens," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Then the guys stepped up and made a lot of plays and we got some separation."

After a slow start, the Bucks have won five of their past six games.

--Field Level Media

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Last 10

W 67% L 33%
6 3
  • @Toronto W 115 - 108
  • Atlanta W 115 - 129
  • Washington D 0 - 0
  • L.A. Lakers L 113 - 106
  • @Brooklyn L 123 - 125
  • Dallas W 109 - 112
  • @Detroit W 110 - 101
  • @Orlando W 121 - 99
  • Cleveland W 90 - 100
  • Utah L 131 - 118
W 22% L 78%
2 7
  • @Cleveland L 107 - 122
  • Philadelphia W 104 - 119
  • Philadelphia L 114 - 110
  • Houston L 103 - 102
  • @Atlanta L 115 - 123
  • @Miami L 107 - 113
  • @Miami W 120 - 100
  • Washington D 0 - 0
  • Milwaukee L 110 - 101
  • Utah L 96 - 86

Next Games

  • @Toronto(01-27-21) W 115 - 108
  • @New Orleans(12-18-20) L 113 - 127
  • @Charlotte(11-26-18) L 107 - 110
  • Portland(11-21-18) W 100 - 143
  • Indiana(03-07-19) W 98 - 117
  • @Cleveland(01-27-21) L 107 - 122
  • L.A. Lakers(03-15-19) W 97 - 111
  • @Golden State(03-24-19) L 114 - 121
  • @Denver(03-26-19) L 92 - 95
  • @Utah(01-14-19) L 94 - 100

Last Meetings

  • Bucks @ Pistons 110-101
  • Pistons @ Bucks 115-130
  • Pistons @ Bucks 115-125
  • Bucks @ Pistons 127-104
  • Bucks @ Pistons 119-103
  • Pistons @ Bucks 99-120
  • Pistons @ Bucks 86-121
  • Bucks @ Pistons 115-105
  • Pistons @ Bucks 98-121
  • Bucks @ Pistons 107-104

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers126.667 9-13-5113.7110.7L15-0-5
Brooklyn Nets118.579 9-42-4119.1115.1L26-0-4
Boston Celtics106.625 5-25-4113.0109.9L37-0-3
New York Knicks811.421 3-45-7101.5103.8L33-0-7
Toronto Raptors710.412 5-32-7110.5109.5L16-0-4
Milwaukee Bucks106.625 7-23-4120.1111.0L27-0-3
Indiana Pacers107.588 6-54-2113.6111.2L15-0-5
Cleveland Cavaliers89.471 5-43-5104.5109.1L24-0-6
Chicago Bulls710.412 2-55-5115.3118.2L24-0-6
Detroit Pistons413.235 3-71-6109.5113.0L43-0-7

Western Conference

Utah Jazz134.765 6-27-2112.9105.4L29-0-1
Denver Nuggets107.588 4-56-2116.8112.6L17-0-3
Portland Trail Blazers97.563 5-54-2115.4116.3L16-0-4
Oklahoma City Thunder79.438 1-56-4106.5113.4L35-0-5
Minnesota Timberwolves412.250 3-61-6107.1116.7L12-0-8
Los Angeles Lakers144.778 4-410-0114.3104.5L18-0-2
Los Angeles Clippers135.722 8-25-3113.9107.3L18-0-2
Golden State Warriors98.529 6-43-4112.6114.7L25-0-5
Phoenix Suns87.533 3-35-4111.1109.0L24-0-6
Sacramento Kings610.375 5-61-4112.4121.2L43-0-7

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks98.529 5-34-5112.2109.5L15-0-5
Orlando Magic810.444 4-44-6105.5110.1L22-0-8
Charlotte Hornets710.412 3-44-6107.8109.3L15-0-5
Miami Heat610.375 4-32-7107.8112.2L33-0-7
Washington Wizards310.231 1-52-5116.5120.2L23-0-7

Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs98.529 3-56-3111.4110.6L26-0-4
Dallas Mavericks89.471 2-46-5109.6109.9L25-0-5
Memphis Grizzlies76.538 3-54-1106.6107.3L36-0-4
Houston Rockets79.438 4-43-5110.5109.9L35-0-5
New Orleans Pelicans510.333 2-33-7108.2111.5L32-0-8

Last Injuries

Detroit Pistons

  • Derrick Rose

    Prob Wed | probable

    Rose was held out of the previous two games with a left knee injury, but he is likely to face the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

  • Blake Griffin

    Out Wed | out

    Griffin will not be in Wednesday's lineup versus the Cavaliers due to a day of rest.

  • Blake Griffin

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Griffin sat out the last game with a left knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take part in Monday's contest versus the 76ers.

  • Killian Hayes

    Late March | out

    Hayes will miss at least eight weeks of action with a labral tear in his hip.

  • Josh Jackson

    Prob Fri | probable

    Jackson is battling a left quadricep contusion but it is not expected to affect his availability against the Rockets on Friday.

  • Derrick Rose

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Rose sat out the last game with soreness in his left knee, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Heat on Saturday.

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Torrey Craig

    Early Feb | out

    Craig had surgery to repair a fractured nose and will miss at least two weeks of action.

  • Jrue Holiday

    Prob Fri | probable

    Holiday is battling a right ankle sprain, but he is likely to take part in Friday's contest with the Mavericks.

  • Bobby Portis

    Prob Wed | probable

    Portis is expected to face the Pistons on Wednesday despite a right knee contusion.