Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 1/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Monday, January 4, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+14)
The Detroit Pistons (1-4) are headed to Fiserv Forum on Monday where they'll take on the Milwaukee Bucks (3-3). Detroit opens this game as 14-point dogs. The over/under is set at 224.
The Detroit Pistons took the court against the Boston Celtics and took home the win by a score of 96-93 in their last contest. Detroit ended having earned a 40.9% FG percentage (36 out of 88) and buried 11 out of their 34 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Pistons buried 13 of their 20 shots for a rate of 65.0%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they collected 48 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 18 dimes for this game while having 9 steals and 2 blocks. When discussing the defense, Detroit allowed their opponent to shoot 47.0% from the floor on 39 of 83 shooting. Boston recorded 20 assists and had 12 steals for the game. Moreover, the Celtics had 45 rebounds (7 offensive, 38 defensive) and had 10 blocks. Boston went 50.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 7 of their 14 attempts. They converted 8 of 31 tries from 3-point land.
Jerami Grant is one guy who was a major factor in this matchup. He was able to score 24 points on 9 of 24 shooting. He was on the court for 37:26 mins played and collected 4 rebounds. Grant finished 37.5% from the floor and also earned 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this game for the Pistons was Saddiq Bey. He totaled 7 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 45.5% from the floor for the game by connecting on 5-of-11 (17 points). At the conclusion of this game, Bey saw the court for 30:11 minutes.
Detroit heads into this one with a win-loss record of 1-4 on the campaign. They are averaging 108.4 pts per contest (18th in basketball) while going 42.4% from the field. The Pistons are connecting on 32.1% from downtown (61 of 190) and 73.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Detroit is pulling down 48.4 rebounds per game and has accounted for 116 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 23rd in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 16.2 times per game and as a group are committing 21.4 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Pistons have forced 16.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 22.0 fouls. They are 9th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 125 relinquished so far this season. The Pistons defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 47.4% (84 of 110) and they concede 45.8 boards per game as a squad. They are relinquishing 37.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 22nd in the NBA in opponents PPG (115.2).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Milwaukee Bucks took home the win by a final score of 126-96 when they faced the Chicago Bulls. The Bucks snagged 39 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 44 in the game. They turned away 6 attempts while recording 16 steals for this game. The Bulls were called for 21 fouls for the contest which took the Bucks to the charity stripe for 30 shots. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throw tries for a rate of 66.7%. With respect to 3-pointers, Milwaukee made 22 out of their 45 tries (48.9%). When the game finished, the Bucks ended up shooting 42 for 85 from the field which had them sitting at 49.4%. The Bucks permitted the Bulls to knock down 38 of 87 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 43.7% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 23.1% from distance by hitting 6 out of 26 and finished the contest at 14 of 20 at the free throw line (70.0%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Milwaukee allowed Chicago to snag 42 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up being important for the Bucks in the matchup. He made 9 of 19 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 47.4%, which gave him 29 points. Antetokounmpo snagged 12 rebounds in his 27:46 minutes of time on the hardwood and had 8 dimes in this matchup. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Milwaukee was Bryn Forbes. He accumulated 18 points in his 22:04 minutes on the hardwood via 6 out of 9 from the floor for the contest. Forbes walked away from this one going 66.7% from the field while also contributing 2 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a mark of 3-3 on the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Bucks are hitting on 48.7% from the floor, which is 4th in basketball. Milwaukee has 747 points this year (124.5 per contest) and they snag 48.7 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 25.5 times per contest (9th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.3 times per contest. The Bucks are responsible for committing 20.7 fouls per game and they connect on 75.6% from the free throw line. The Bucks defensively are ranked 13th in basketball in PPG given up with 110.5. They concede 21.7 assists and 41.7 boards per game, ranking them 2nd and 5th in basketball. The Milwaukee defense gives up 35.5% on 3-point shots (76 of 214) and opponents are connecting on 77.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 16.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.6% from the field (14th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Detroit (+14)
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