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Pistons are Quietly the Second-Best Bet in the NBA

The Detroit Pistons weren’t considered a major contender in the Eastern Conference heading into the 2017-18 season, but they’ve certainly looked the part so far. Winners of five straight, the Pistons are set to begin a three-game road trip and a stretch with nine of 11 away from home when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Xbet opened the Bucks as 3.5-point home favorites with a total of 208.

Shark Bites
  • The Pistons are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games on the road against the Bucks.
  • The Pistons are 0-8 SU and 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games as an underdog of 3.5 or less.
  • The Bucks are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games at home against teams with winning records.

Detroit has been dominating of late, evidenced by an average winning margin of 10.2 points in the aforementioned streak. On the year, the Pistons are 9-3-1 ATS – good enough to make them the second-best bet in the Association behind the red-hot Boston Celtics. The Pistons are led by Tobias Harris, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson but are getting contributions from some unlikely sources as well, thanks to Luke Kennard’s 14 points and five boards in Sunday’s win over the Miami Heat.

Milwaukee has won three straight heading into the tilt and has had no issues working newly acquired point guard Eric Bledsoe into the rotation. Bledsoe scored 15 points on Monday – his highest total in three games with the squad – as the Bucks beat Memphis 110-103.

The Bucks have had no issues with the Pistons lately, as Milwaukee has claimed the last four meetings in the series. The UNDER is also 5-2 in the last seven matchups between the clubs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Detroit Pistons opened this morning as 3.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at OddsShark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 205.5 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark pick a 103-102 result in favor of the Bucks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukee Bucks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Milwaukee battles the Detroit Pistons, currently with a 10-3 mark (9-3-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 7-6 for the Bucks and 8-5 for the Pistons. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Milwaukee vs Detroit injuries news.

The Bucks-Pistons betting odds would favor the Pistons if the lines were set according to power rankings. Milwaukee is rated No. 26 in our latest OddsShark poll, while Detroit sits at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Milwaukee's No. 30-rated NBA squad against Detroit's No. 16-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Milwaukee rates No. 16 in the league with 10.15 treys per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 12 with 10.69 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Pistons grabbed a 112-103 win over the Heat on Sunday, behind a 25-point effort from Tobias Harris at Little Caesars Arena.

Milwaukee earned a 110-103 victory over Memphis on Monday, getting 27 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo at Bradley Center.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
  • Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Milwaukee is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Milwaukee is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home
  • Milwaukee is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Detroit

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit at Indiana, Friday, November 17
Milwaukee at Dallas, Saturday, November 18

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