Not only did the Milwaukee Bucks take a big step in the regular season, but they also had a clear run in the playoffs after playing with the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 of their Best-of-Seven series. After earning the NBA's best record, leading to Eastern Conference No. 1 and home-court advantage during the postseason, the Bucks made a statement by claiming a 121-86 win over their rivals Central on Sunday night Division achieved.
Here's what you need to know about this match of the first round between Bucks and Pistons.
# 1 Milwaukee Bucks Vs. No. 8 Detroit Pistons
Watch Game 2
- Date: Wednesday, April 17th
- Time: 8 pm ET
- Place: Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Live statistics: Game Tracker
- TV channel: NBA TV
- Online Streaming: fuboTV (free trial)
- Opportunities: N / A
All games will air on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBA TV during the postseason. Games on TNT and NBA TV can be streamed via FuboTV (free trial).
Schedule of the playoff series
All times east
- Game 1: Bucks 121, Pistons 86 (Box Score)
- Game 2: Pistons at Bucks, Wednesday, April 17, 8pm – TV: NBA TV
- Game 3: Bucks at Pistons, Saturday, April 20, 8pm – TV: ESPN
- Game 4: Bucks at Pistons, Monday, April 22, 8 pm – TV: TNT
- Game 5 *: Pistons at Bucks, Wednesday, April 24, TBD – TV: TBD
- Game 6 *: Bucks at Pistons, Friday, April 26th, TBD – TV: TBD
- Game 7 *: Pistons at Bucks, Sunday, April 28th, TBD – TV: TBD
Odds and analysis
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Dollars: Milwaukee has a chance to complete a dominant season with an NBA finals appearance – perhaps even a title – and Antetokounmpo can put together a signature playoff run to consolidate his position as a true NBA superstar (perhaps he has an MVP Trophy in front of the door) so at the end of the postseason). The Bucks were a historically strong team in terms of net score and profit margin, so it's hard to see that they have problems with a limping and thin Pistons squad. Expect the bucks to come in focused and establish early.
Piston: The main goal in Detroit this season was to play the playoffs, and they did. Nobody expects much from them in the first round, especially with a hard-hitting Griffin, so they should play free and loose and could end up taking a game from the Bucks. The big story is Griffin – even with him they have a small chance, but since he is questionable for Game 1, this could have been sweeping.
Matchups to watch
1. Blake Griffin vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo: For the sake of Detroit, we hope Griffin can come back to himself for most of the series. Nevertheless, he is met with a number of defenders ready to imprison him. Antetokounmpo is a candidate of the defensive player of the year and never afraid of a challenge. Therefore, he should guard Griffin at least for parts of most games. This is a must for television when one of the league's best and most versatile offensive players plays against the Greek Freak.
2. Brook Lopez vs. Andre Drummond: Lopez has reinvented himself as a 3-point specialist and has reached new heights this season. He rarely goes on the offensive, so it's interesting to see what Detroit does with Andre Drummond. It takes his size to protect the rim, but he also has to run on Lopez to race his 3s far behind the line.
3. Mike Budenholzer vs. Dwane Casey: Budenholzer is a favorite to win Coach of the Year, and Casey is currently honoring him for his work with the Raptors last season (which ironically set him on fire). The only option for the Pistons in this series is that they somehow slow down Antetokounmpo, so it will be interesting to see the game plan designed by Casey. On the other hand, Budenholzer has to fight with Griffin and Drummond, while he is responsible for shooters like Wayne Ellington and Luke Kennard.
Serial forecast, select
Dollars in four: Sorry Pistons fans – does not happen. The Bucks are too full without Malcolm Brogdon, and Griffin's health problems make it hard to imagine Detroit taking down the NBA's best regular season team.