Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Can Detroit pull-off huge upset?

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) brings the ball up the court against Detroit Pistons guard Hamidou Diallo. Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) brings the ball up the court against Detroit Pistons guard Hamidou Diallo. Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Pistons are coming off a thrilling overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs and would love to make it two in a row vs. the Bucks tonight on the road.

The Pistons will be getting six of their regulars back out of protocol, which may not be a good thing in some cases, as their replacements from the G-League were actually playing pretty well.

Personally, I’d rather see Cassius Stanley and Derrick Walton Jr. out there than Rodney McGruder and Trey Lyles, but it is what it is at this point, as those guys are on full-fledged NBA contracts for some reason and the youngsters are not.

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The Bucks are at full strength, though former Piston Khris Middleton is listed as day-to-day, so even with the roster getting back to normal, Detroit is still a huge underdog in this one.

Saddiq Bey and Hamidou Diallo have been lighting it up for the Pistons with increased opportunity and it will be interesting to see if they can keep it going with some of the starters back.

The two certainly aren’t going to get as many shot attempts once the team is at full strength, but they need to stay aggressive and keep taking it to the rim with intent, as they have been the last 10 games or so.

If the Detroit Pistons won this one on the road it would be one of the biggest upsets of the season, so can they pull it off against the mighty Bucks?

Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Odds, spread, over/under

According to WynnBET, the Pistons are whopping 15 point underdogs on the road against the Bucks, who have beaten Detroit about 800 times in a row at this point.

Beating the Bucks would be like a winning a playoff game fort he Pistons and some of these players may be feeling the heat from the G-League guys who busted their butts every second they were on the floor for the Pistons.

There aren’t any money lines yet for this game but the over/under is set at 225, most of which is expected to be supplied by the Bucks.

It’s hard to imagine any scenario where the Pistons win this game, so you’d have to be an even bigger homer than me to take the Pistons in this one, even with 15 points. It’s possible that the Bucks will overlook the Pistons and that Detroit will play this game like it is their last, which could keep them close, but as long as Giannis Antetokounmpo is in the lineup, expect a blow out.

I would probably take the Bucks with the points and the under in this one, as the Pistons still aren’t scoring at a high rate and the Bucks might not care enough to run it up.

Pistons vs. Bucks: Best fantasy bets

Because the Detroit Pistons will be running out a bunch of guys that the public at large has not heard of, you might be able to find some value.

I would keep betting Hamidou Diallo, as you can get him for cheap and he has been stuffing the stat sheet and I expect it to continue.

Same with Saddiq Bey, who has been grabbing enough rebounds to offset his inconsistent shooting.

I’d like to advise you to keep riding Luka Garza, as he has been great value the last few games, but this is an impossible matchup for him against Giannis and Bobby Portis, so I would stay away from him and all of the Pistons’ bigs.

Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks: How to watch

This is a late tip-off that starts at 8:00 PM ET in Milwaukee and you can watch on Bally Sports Detroit or listen on 97.1 FM The Ticket.

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