If Bucks Could Play Detroit Every Night, They Would Be Undefeated
The NBA schedule is not normal this season. There are 72 games. The league is trying to do these ‘series’ from time to time where the two teams play against each other for multiple days. Some teams have already played three times. Case in point, the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons. It is 12 games into the season, and 25% of the Bucks games have been against Detroit. That is very fortunate for Milwaukee as they’ve beaten Detroit handly in each of those games. Last night was no different as the Bucks took care of business against the Pistons with a 110-101 victory. The game was much more of a blowout than the score shows.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Another triple-double for the Greek Freak on the young season. Giannis is now at two for the season. He finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. It was a good night for him as he scored inside and a little bit outside too. Giannis cannot be stopped against Detroit. You almost feel bad for Blake Griffin because Giannis works his ass every single time they played each other.
Honorable Mention: Jrue Holiday – Despite starting slow last night, Jrue Holiday had a nice game for Milwaukee. He finished with 21 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Holiday also added three steals on the defensive side of things. Holiday had an effective day from beyond the arc with three made threes out of five attempts. This is Holiday’s first 20 point game since the blowout against Miami.
What went right for the Bucks: The bench continues to be effective – Milwaukee’s bench started out hot in this game and a big reason why Milwaukee blew out Detroit. Bobby Portis scored a quick nine points, and the other Bucks could not miss from deep. They had nine threes as a unit from deep. While the bench isn’t as important as years’ past, it is still imperative they play well.
What went wrong for the Bucks: Another brutal missed cover for Milwaukee – Not sure if you’re a gambler or not, but Milwaukee was a 10.5 point favorite for this game. If you bought the hook, it’s -10. Milwaukee covered for most, if not, all of the night. Thanks to a Josh Jackson meaningless three with 17 seconds, Detroit covered. What a complete joke. NBA gambling is not for the weak of the heart.
Next up: Milwaukee starts a big stretch against top tier teams on Friday night. We’ll get a good idea of where the Bucks are at this season after it. They play Dallas on Friday night. Mavs have been a thorn in Milwaukee’s side for the last couple of years. Dallas isn’t at their full potential this season, therefore, this is a gettable opportunity for Milwaukee.