After getting blown out on Wednesday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers with a score of 135-95, the Milwaukee Bucks will look to get back on track as they travel to Little Caesars Arena to take on the Detroit Pistons. The last time these two opponents matched up was back in December, where Milwaukee defeated the Pistons with a score of 146-114.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons Spread Set at 12.5, Over/Under 239.5 Total Points
The spread for Saturdays Eastern Conference matchup is set at 12.5 points in favor of the Bucks. Milwaukee is 8-10 against the spread this season on the road with a 9-9 record. The Pistons, who are 4-37 on the season have a 7-12-1 record against the spread at home.
The total points line is set at 239.5 points. In the two previous matchups this season, they are averaging 249 points and hit this line in the last game on December 16th. The Bucks are the second highest scoring team in the NBA and Detroit is averaging 115.7 points in their last 5 games. There is value in Saturday’s contest when it comes to the total points going over its projected line considering their history this season.
Damian Lillard Over 23.5 Points (-120 on FanDuel Sportsbook)
Damian Lillard, who has added a spark offensively since joining Milwaukee in the off-season is favored to hit his points line on Saturday. In the last 2 games versus Detroit this season, Lillard is averaging 33.5 points and the Pistons give up the 2nd most points to opposing point guards. He has also hit this line in 2 of the last 3 games.
Jaden Ivey Over 25.5 Points + Assists (-120 on FanDuel Sportsbook)
Against the #1 rated defense in the NBA, Jaden Ivey popped off with:
He kept the game close, played hard on both ends, and is really emerging as a leader. pic.twitter.com/Kux1GjlbDF
— Point Made Basketball (@pointmadebball) January 18, 2024
Since Cade Cunningham went down with a knee injury on January 7th versus the Denver Nuggets, Jaden Ivey has stepped up as a primary ball handler averaging 23 points and 6.2 assists in his last 5 games. The Bucks give up 26.7 points and 8.5 assists per game to opposing point guards, which favors Ivey to go over the 25.5 combined points and assists line.
Malik Beasley Over 2.5 Three-Pointers Made (-120 on Draft Kings Sportsbook)
Malik Beasley is averaging 11.7 points this season while playing just over 29 minutes per game. Beasley has hit this line in 5 of the last 6 games and is shooting 51.7 percent from behind the arc in his last 10 games. There is value in Beasley going over this line once again considering Detroit gives up the third most points in the NBA to shooting guards per game.
Coverage for Saturday’s Eastern Conference matchup will begin at 3:00 PM Eastern time streaming live on NBA League Pass.
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