Bucks vs Pistons: The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t just take a big step this season. They ended up earning the best record in the NBA, leading to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage throughout the postseason.
Event: NBA Playoffs
Team: Bucks vs Pistons
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Game Time: 7:00 p.m ET
Their opponent for the first round, the No. 8 seed Detroit Pistons, are in the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and just the second time since 2009. Detroit backslid into the playoffs, nearly being caught by the Charlotte Hornets for the final spot in the East, but it will be looking to make some noise behind All-Star Blake Griffin and big man Andre Drummond.
The Bucks have two All-Stars themselves in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, plus Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez have turned in fantastic seasons. Here’s everything you need to know about this first-round matchup between the Bucks and Pistons.
The Pistons had a good shot at the No. 6 seed but they finished the season 41-41 after losing four of their last six games and they will have to face the Bucks, the best and most consistent team in the NBA this season, led by MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and a solid supporting cast.
Bucks: Milwaukee has a chance to cap off a dominant season with an NBA Finals appearance — maybe even a title — and Antetokounmpo can put together a signature playoff run to cement his position as a true NBA superstar (he might have an MVP trophy to go with it at the end of the postseason).
The Bucks were a historically good team in terms of net rating and margin of victory, so it’s hard to see them having any trouble with a hobbled and thin Pistons roster. Expect the Bucks to come in focused and look to establish themselves early.
Pistons: The main goal in Detroit this season was to make the playoffs, and they’ve accomplished that. Nobody’s expecting much from them in the first round, particularly with a banged-up Griffin, so they should play free and loose, and could end up taking a game from the Bucks because of it.
The big storyline is Griffin — even with him they have a slim chance, but with him questionable for Game 1, this could have sweep written all over it.