- Teams: Detroit Pistons (8-10) at Milwaukee Bucks (3-14)
- Date: December 4, 2013
- Time: 8:00 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
The Detroit Pistons started their three-game road trip with a bang. They defeated the Miami Heat on their own floor thanks in large part to a superb collective effort.
They consistently led throughout the contest by double digits and got a late scare in the game when the Heat made a run in the fourth quarter. Still, the Pistons picked apart a stifling Miami defense with exquisite passing.
Pistons players were consistently a step ahead of the Heat rotations and thus, they kept finding the open player either directly at the basket or from deep. The Heat eventually turned up the pressure in the fourth quarter and made a game of it, but Mo Cheeks’ guys eventually found their footing and won the contest by double figures.
The next leg of this small trip has Detroit making a pit stop tonight in the state of Wisconsin in what has now become the toughest game of this east voyage.
The Milwaukee Bucks own the worst record in the league and their play certainly reflects their loss total. They simply are not all that talented and their schemes fail to take advantage of the pieces on the roster.
The Pistons defeated the Bucks in late November by 19 points and probably feel as though they can reproduce such a result even on the road. Keep in mind, tonight’s contest comes on the heels of a victory over the back-to-back champs.
Hence, Detroit has every reason to be feeling themselves going into this matchup. In other words, they might be looking past this game and getting ready for their bout with the Chicago Bulls.
This could be a huge mistake given that Milwaukee could still surprise them. Granted, they have only collected three victories in 2013-14 and in addition, they have come against the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, on the right night, any opponent can fall, especially if the 3-ball is in play. Tonight’s hosts sport a top-10 shooting team from downtown and the long ball often plays the role of equalizer whenever underdogs find ways to stay within striking distance of an opposing team.
The Pistons better be wary of the Bucks.