The Bucks are short-handed, but that shouldn't matter to Scott Skiles' squad. Make your play on Milwaukee as the underdogs Tuesday evening on the road in Detroit.
As a small-market, non-marquee team the Milwaukee Bucks often find themselves getting underpriced. That's the case again in this matchup. The Bucks are in a triple revenge spot against a Pistons squad that entered the All-Star break on a three-game losing streak, a 1-6 against the spread mark and losses in 12 of their past 17 games.
The Pistons have been a huge money-burner at Auburn Hills failing to cover in 21 of their past 28 home contests. Detroit has won one more home game than it has lost this season.
The Bucks are 11-5-1 against the spread on the road when meeting an opponent with a winning home mark. Michael Redd is out for the season. Andrew Bogut could be out for the year, too. Starting point guard Luke Ridnour won't be available for this matchup. So far, though, the Bucks have gone 2-1 when missing these three key players. They are averaging 122.3 points in their last three games.
Bucks coach Scott Skiles has shown great flexibility in turning Milwaukee into an up-tempo team because of Bogut being out. Ramon Sessions is proving to be much better than Ridnour.
The teams met 10 days ago and Detroit won in overtime, 126-121. Sessions completely out-played Allen Iverson. Sessions made 13-of-18 shots from the floor, scored 44 points and dished off 12 assists.
The Pistons lack the Bucks' chemistry and morale. They have a losing record since Iverson came aboard 47 games ago. There are constant trade rumors swirling around that could factor in the Pistons' concentration level. Detroit coach Michael Curry is changing his lineup starting Antonio McDyess. The last time the aged McDyess was a full-time starter was 2001.
Perhaps the Pistons begin to get things turned around right here. I doubt it, though, and am willing to take this many points to fade Detroit again at home. This is a one-unit play for me.
Free Pick: Bucks +7 (-110)