Detroit Pistons (10-9) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (7-12).
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Palace of Auburn Hills
Broadcasts: TV – FS Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620
A Wisconsin team is looking for another win in Detroit for the second day in a row as the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Detroit Pistons at the Palace Friday Night. The Bucks have beaten the Pistons in four straight games, including their first meeting Nov. 23 at the Bradley Center.
Probable Pistons Starters
G Reggie Jackson, 6-3, Boston College
G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 6-5, Georgia
F Marcus Morris, 6-9, Kansas
F Ersan Ilyasova, 6-10, Turkey
C Andre Drummond, 6-11, Connecticut
What We Need To Know About The Pistons
After starting the season hot the Pistons have fallen back to earth posting a 10-9 record so far this season. They do have the ability to score a lot of points with Reggie Jackson averaging 20, Andre Drummond with 18.5, Marcus Morris with 14 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with 13 and Ersan Ilyasova with 10 points a game. That’s all five starters averaging above 10 points a game. Additionally the Pistons are third in the league in boards, averaging 47 rebounds a game in large part of the play of all-star center Drummond who is pulling 17 of those a game. Drummond has 317 total rebounds which leads the league. What Detroit has in starting power they lack immensely in their bench which is a big part in their nine losses this season. Rookie Stanley Johnson is their only notable impactful bench player this season averaging 8.5 points a game.
Probable Bucks Starters
G Tyler Ennis, 6-3, Syracuse
G O.J. Mayo, 6-5, Sothern California
F Khris Middleton, 6-8, Texas A&M
F Giannis Antetokounmpo, 6-11, Greece
C Greg Monroe, 6-11, Georgetown
Bucks Keys To Victory
In their last meeting Greg Monroe had 13 rebounds against his former team, so how the Bucks rebound against Drummond and the third best rebounding team in the league is huge if they want the win. The Pistons defense is not San Antonio’s by a long stretch so expect the Bucks to fare better in shooting as they will look for their shots out the gate. Drummond will get his points and rebounds as he has simply been dominating individually against opposing defenses but the Pistons will need that second big impact player and Reggie Jackson has been that. In their November 23 meeting Jackson only scored seven points but that was against the larger Michael Carter-Williams, so Tyler Ennis will need to have similar impact defensively to limit the scoring of Jackson. Most importantly as mentioned before the Pistons have do not have a great bench, while MCW and Parker have looked pretty good with their stints coming off, and Bayless has looked like a sixth man of the year candidate so far this season. They will need that extra size and shooting so Henson and Vaughn will need to at least play a decent amount of minutes which Kidd hasn’t been giving them at all this season. It will be a very competitive game as both teams are at a similar level this season, and unlike their last meeting which resulted in a Milwaukee blowout win, the game is in Detroit and the Bucks haven’t been playing well on the road.