Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons Predictions, NBA Expert Picks 2/20/2020
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee -11.5
Khris Middleton and the Milwaukee Bucks (46-8, 1st in the Central Division) head to Little Caesars Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Detroit Pistons (19-38, 4th in the Central Division). The spread on this game has Milwaukee as 11.5 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 224.5.
The Bucks are covering the spread 57.4% of the time, having gone 31-23-0 ATS. Detroit is covering 37.5% of the time, going 21-35-1 against the spread.
Key Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
02/14/20 PG George Hill Hamstring is questionable Thursday vs Detroit
02/14/20 SG Kyle Korver Back is questionable Thursday vs Detroit
Key Detroit Pistons Injuries
12/26/19 SG Luke Kennard Knee is out indefinitely
01/06/20 PF Blake Griffin Knee is out indefinitely
Khris Middleton comes into this contest averaging 20.4 points per game while playing 29.6 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 90%. Giannis Antetokounmpo averages 30.0 points per game in 30.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.8 assists per contest and 13.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 55% for the year while his free throw percentage is 61%.
Tony Snell averages 8.1 points per game while playing 27.5 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 1.8 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 100%. Langston Galloway averages 10.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 26.0 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.2 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
Milwaukee averages 119.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 1st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 12.1 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 2nd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 14th in the league. They average 52.0 rebounds per game and 26.1 assists per game, which ranks them 1st and 7th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 16th with 14.7 per game. The Bucks allow 107.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 8th in the league. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 1st and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.0 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 24.0 assists per contest, which puts them in 11th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Detroit is 23rd in the league with 108.0 points per game this year. They are 16th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -2.6. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 7th in the NBA. They are 29th in the league in rebounding with 42.4 boards per game, and 15th in assists per contest with 24.1. The Pistons are 5th in turnovers per game with 15.5. The Pistons surrender 110.6 points per contest, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 24th and 20th in those defensive statistics. They rank 20th with 24.8 assists allowed per contest and 7th with 43.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pistons are 10th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.1 per game.
The Bucks are 4th in the NBA in offensive rating with 113.5, and their defensive rating of 102 is ranked 1st. In terms of pace they are 1st in the league with 105.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 56% is 1st. As a team they are 1st in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 4th in the league. Milwaukee is 19th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 30th in the league.
Detroit is 3rd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 11th in the league. The Pistons are 19th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.2, and their defensive rating of 111.8 is ranked 21st. In terms of pace they are 26th in the league with 98 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 13th. As a team they are 17th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 16th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bucks/Pistons NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Milwaukee -11.5
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