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Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons Odds
Milwaukee travels to Detroit on Sunday, hoping to boost its 16-12 mark with a victory over the Pistons.
The Pistons sport records of 10-22 and 15-17 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Bucks sit at 16-12 and 14-13-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 15-16-1 for the Pistons and 12-16 for the Bucks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The visitors opened this morning as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 191 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Pistons sit at No. 18 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Bucks are at No. 17 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Bucks will win this game 96-94.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Detroit's No. 10-rated squad against Milwaukee's No. 9-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Detroit rates No. 22 in the league with 6.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 26 with 5.9 per outing.
Defensively, the Bucks feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, giving up 95.9 points per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Milwaukee was a 104-85 winner at home against the Heat. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (189) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Bucks got a 25-point performance from Brandon Jennings as Milwaukee ran past Miami 104-85 on Saturday at Bradley Center.
The Pistons were a 109-99 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Heat. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (208) made winners of OVER bettors. Detroit got 25 points and 10 assists from Will Bynum en route to a 109-99 victory over Miami on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing San Antonio are 3-7
After playing Miami are 3-7
After a win are 4-6
Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 0-10
Before playing Sacramento are 7-3
After playing Miami are 0-10
After a win are 2-8
A few Bucks at Pistons trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 8 games on the road
Milwaukee is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
Detroit is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
Milwaukee home to San Antonio, Wednesday, January 2
Detroit home to Sacramento, Tuesday, January 1