Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#4759 Milwaukee Bucks vs.
#4760 Detroit Pistons
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:00pm EST
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Written by Philly Flash

It is a battle of two of the top teams in each of their respective conferences when the Indiana Pacers take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Indiana comes into this game slumping a bit, as they have dropped two of their last three games, including a 106-102 loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday. New Orleans has won their last two games, including a 120-116 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

We have an NBA Central Division matchup to consider for Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks meet the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season. Milwaukee has won both previous meetings and enters this matchup looking to extend a two-game winning streak. Detroit has lost four of its last five games and suffered a 96-86 home loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday evening.

Bucks Two Game Winning Streak

The Bucks are rolling right along and has won four of its last five games and sits atop the Central Division with a 7-4 record this season. The one-two punch of Giannis Antetokounpo and Khris Middleton has been devastating at times this season and newly acquired Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis have been welcome additions on both ends of the floor.

Milwaukee defeated the Orlando Magic on Monday night by a score of 121-99 in Orlando. Antetokounmpo led the way with 22 points with six rebounds and four assists while Middleton chipped in with 20 points alongside ten caroms. Portis came off of the bench to score 20 and Bryn Forbes also scored 14 off of the bench in garbage time to lead Milwaukee.

The Bucks play at the sixth-fastest pace in the NBA this season and score an average of 129.1 points and allows an average of 110.3 points per game. Milwaukee leads the league in true shooting percentage and is sixth in offensive rebound percentage.

Pistons Fall to Utah

Detroit is having a difficult season and it doesn’t appear that things will be getting better any time soon either. They’ve lost four of their last five games and are 2-8 this season. Jerami Grant was acquired in the offseason to bring the energy and he’s done more than his fair share of that while leading the team in scoring. Mason Plumlee leads the team in caroms while Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose lead the team in assists. Rose is listed as day to day for this tilt.

The Utah Jazz took a 15 point lead into the second quarter and never looked back in their 96-88 away victory over Detroit. Grant led the way with 28 points with four rebounds and assists while Saddiq Bey came off of the bench to score a dozen points. Griffin was held to ten points and Rose was a scratch.

Detroit plays at the twenty-second fastest pace in the NBA and scores an average of 108.8 points while allowing an average of 115.4 points per matchup. The Pistons rank twenty-eighth in true shooting percentage and thirteenth in offensive rebound percentage this season.

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As long as the spread isn’t some crazy number we almost have to go with Milwaukee. I know it’s difficult for teams to sweep a season series but Detroit isn’t very good and while they compete nearly every night, they don’t have the talent to keep up with the Bucks on either end of the floor. Milwaukee is the best shooting team in the league and also holds an edge in the rebounding on both ends of the floor. I will go with the Bucks in this one.

Prediction: Bucks -10.5

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Look for a high scoring game on Wednesday. The Bucks seem content with outsourcing their opponents and Detroit is going to have its hands full with Antetokounmpo and Middleton plus the Milwaukee bench. Both sides rebound well on the offensive end of the floor and those putbacks plus the Bucks bench in garbage time will send this one over the total. Take the OVER in this one.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.