Considering the competitiveness of the Eastern Conference, both Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons will look to get some wins under their belt after less than stellar starts to their respective NBA campaigns.
Fixture: Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukee Bucks - NBA Season 2020-21
Date & Time: Monday, January 4, 2021 - 8:00 PM ET (Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 - 6:30 AM IST)
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI.
Detroit Pistons Preview
The Detroit Pistons currently have the worst record in the Eastern Conference, winning just one of their first six games of the season.
Jerami Grant has been the best player for the franchise during the ongoing 2020-21 campaign. The 26-year-old has been incredible at both ends of the floor and is one of the few bright spots in the team at the moment.
On the other hand, Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose have underperformed massively and need to step up their performances.
Despite receiving decent minutes, Killian Hayes has been disappointing for the Detroit Pistons. Thus the franchise could consider reducing his minutes till he gets acclimatised to the level required in the NBA.
In terms of injuries, Josh Jackson (ankle) has been ruled out of the clash against the Milwaukee Bucks and could be on the sidelines for a few weeks.
Key Player - Jerami Grant
As previously mentioned, Jerami Grant is arguably the best player in the Detroit Pistons roster at the moment.
In six games played by the franchise this season, the 26-year-old has averaged an impressive 22.8 points while shooting 45.3% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Grant is also an excellent defender and might be one of the most underrated active two-way players in the NBA.
If the Detroit Pistons have any chance of winning against the Milwaukee Bucks, Jerami Grant would have to play a pivotal role.
Detroit Pistons' Predicted Lineup
G Killian Hayes, G Derrick Rose, F Jerami Grant, F Blake Griffin, C Mason Plumlee.
Milwaukee Bucks Preview
The Milwaukee Bucks undoubtedly have the firepower to rule the Eastern Conference, but the franchise needs to start their games strong and close them out in the end.
The Bucks have had a few convincing wins this campaign but need to find a way to do so more consistently.
Jrue Holiday has been incredible for the franchise so far. The 30-year-old has bolstered the Milwaukee Bucks's offense while also strengthening its already robust defense. Given that the player has the ability to elevate his game in the postseason, it only augurs well for the team's prospects.
However, the Milwaukee Bucks have a few injury concerns ahead of their clash against the Detroit Pistons. Pat Connaughton (groin) has been ruled as doubtful for this game while Sam Merril (ankle) and Torrey Craig (nose) have been ruled out of the game.
Key Player - Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been dominant as ever during this season. The Greek Freak has averaged 23.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while shooting at 47.5% from the field. While his three-point shooting is only at 24.1%, the floor spacing provided by the team will allow him to bully defenders on the inside.
The player's defense is also at a high level this season, but he could get better still at that end of the floor, which is an undeniably discomfiting proposition for opponent teams..
If the Detroit Pistons are to win against the Milwaukee Bucks, they would need to find a way to stop Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Milwaukee Bucks' Predicted Lineup
G Jrue Holiday, G Donte DiVincenzo, F Khris Middleton, F Giannis Antetokounmpo, C Brook Lopez.
Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukee Bucks Match Prediction
The Detroit Pistons do have an impressive lineup on paper. Unfortunately for the franchise, even if their players performed to their best, they don't seem to have the pedigree to beat the Milwaukee Bucks.
Considering the gulf in talent between the teams, a blowout win could well be on the cards, and the Bucks unsurprisingly are the favorites in this game.