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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons Preview and Predictions 12-04-2019


The Milwaukee Bucks look to record their longest winning streak in 46 years while extending another run against the Detroit Pistons when the teams meet Wednesday in the Motor City. Wins over Charlotte by 41 and New York by 44 on an impressive two-game homestand pushed the Bucks' streak to 12 games in a row, tied for the fifth longest in franchise history.

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They've also won nine in a row over the Pistons, including the postseason, and the team is singularly focused on maintaining their dominance. "We're not coming here and thinking about the 12 games we won," forward Giannis Antetokounmpo told reporters after the 132-88 rout of the Knicks on Monday. "We're thinking about, 'how can I do my job? how can I win tonight?' And that's the most important thing. We've got Detroit next. How can we win in Detroit? How can we go in there and play good basketball and win." Antetokounmpo needed only 42 minutes to record 55 points and 24 rebounds during the two-game homestand, notching his NBA-leading 20th double-double against New York. The Pistons have put together consecutive wins for the first time this season and both have been blowouts, the latest a 127-94 rout of Cleveland on Tuesday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FS Detroit

ABOUT THE BUCKS (18-3): The recent blowouts have given Milwaukee a chance to spread out the minutes, as nobody played more than 24 minutes in both games on the homestand. "It was good for us to get everybody out on the court, have some other guys not play heavy minutes," coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters Monday. Star forward Khris Middleton received his first start Monday since returning from a thigh injury and needed only 18 minutes to score 16 points and grab seven rebounds.

ABOUT THE PISTONS (8-13): Christian Wood produced a career-high 28 points in Sunday's 132-98 win over San Antonio and followed it up by hitting all four of his shots in the victory over the Cavaliers. Blake Griffin scored 24 points in 24 minutes at Cleveland while making 6-of-7 3-pointers, which comes after he started the season going 11-of-46 from beyond the arc. Big man Andre Drummond stuffed the stat sheet Tuesday with 17 points, 14 rebounds, five steals, four blocks and four assists.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Bucks PG Eric Bledsoe scored only eight points while attempting five shots during the team's two-game homestand but he recorded 14 assists against three turnovers.

2. Detroit's bench produced 67 points on 57.1 percent shooting Tuesday.

3. Wednesday's tilt represents one of just three road games in a span of 15 for Milwaukee.

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Detroit, Michigan, USA.
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Last Injuries

Detroit Pistons

  • Bruce Brown

    Flu
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Brown has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games due to flu-like symptoms. It is undetermined if he will play Saturday against the Nets.

  • Tony Snell

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Snell sat out the last game due to an undisclosed issue, and it is unclear if he will be available to face the Nets on Saturday.

  • Blake Griffin

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Griffin had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

  • Andre Drummond

    Mouth
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Drummond has been held out of the last two games due to a lip laceration, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Nets on Saturday.

  • Tim Frazier

    Flu
    Prob Fri | probable

    Frazier missed the previous game due to a flu bug, but he is expected to participate in Friday's tilt versus the Grizzlies.

  • Khyri Thomas

    Foot
    Early Feb | out

    Thomas is recovering from surgery on the fifth metatarsal of his right foot and is expected to be out until at least the beginning of February.

  • Markieff Morris

    Toe
    Prob Wed | probable

    Morris is expected to be active Wednesday against the Kings despite a right toe hematoma.

  • Markieff Morris

    Toe
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Morris exited the previous game after jamming his right big toe, and it is unclear if he will play Wednesday against the Kings.

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Robin Lopez

    Illness
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Lopez missed his third straight game due to illness, and it is unknown if he will be available for Tuesday's clash with the Wizards.

  • Sterling Brown

    Illness
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Brown missed the last game due to illness, and his status is unclear for Tuesday's clash against the Wizards.

  • Wesley Matthews

    Illness
    Prob Fri | probable

    Matthews is ailing from an illness but is expected to face the Hornets on Friday.

  • Wesley Matthews

    Finger
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Matthews has a left finger sprain, but he is likely to suit up against the Celtics on Thursday.

  • Donte DiVincenzo

    Finger
    Prob Thurs | probable

    DiVincenzo is expected to play Thursday against the Celtics despite a right finger sprain.

  • Frank Mason

    Oblique
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Mason missed the last game with a strained left oblique, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Celtics on Thursday.

  • Robin Lopez

    Rest
    Out Tues | out

    Lopez will not be available for Tuesday's matchup against the Knicks as he is to be rested.

  • Kyle Korver

    Back
    Prob Tues | probable

    Korver missed the last game while tending to a sore back, but it is projected that he will be available for Tuesday's clash against the Knicks.