At about the game 50 mark, the Milwaukee Bucks still have the best record in the NBA. Anyone waiting for the wheels to come off is going to be disappointed. They only have one legitimate superstar, unlike many other top teams, but this group plays like a well-oiled machine game in and game out. The Bucks are scoring at an elite level (2nd in the NBA at 117 PPG) and they rebound the ball with verve (1st in the NBA at 49 RPG). The Bucks are 10-3 for the month of January and are coming off a tough road loss to Oklahoma City 118-112. It’s worth noting the Bucks are only 13-9 on the road for the season. The Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Buck in every major statistical category with 26.6 PPG, 12.7 RPG and 5.8 APG.
The Pistons play much better at home (13-11) than they do on the road (8-16). That’s true of every team, but the Pistons are losing to the league’s bottom dwellers on the road. The real issues with the Pistons include depth and a highly inefficient offense that ranks near the very bottom in all categories. January has been a tough month with a record of 5-9 overall and 2-3 at home. The team is very close to ditching the rest of the season and starting to look towards a “sell-off” of players for a possible rebuild. Blake Griffin leads in scoring (26.5 PPG) and assists (5.2) while Andre Drummond leads the NBA in rebounding 14.9 RPG. No one else is making a meaningful contribution.
Prediction: With the Bucks averaging 117 PPG, the over looks like a good play if the Pistons can help create a little pace in the game. The problem is they shoot so poorly that they struggle to hit the century mark. These two teams met in early January with the Bucks winning at home 121-98. See the same result here. Play Milwaukee -6.5 (score – Milwaukee 116 -101)