Eastern Conference (teams that just beat the) Powers Collide: Bucks vs. Pistons Preview

Everyone is singing the praises of the Milwaukee Bucks now, but can they sustain it? Photo via Gary Dineen / NBAE / Getty Images

It’s no secret that tonight’s matchup in Detroit against the Pistons is a battle of the two best teams in the East….wait, what?

So maybe that’s not true, but both teams should enter the game on high notes after putting on surprising performances on their home court in separate victories against the big bad Miami Heat.  For the Bucks, the victory against the Heat was a result of consistently made shots, shutdown defense (led by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute), and simply having it all.  For the Pistons, the sudden emergence of their bench (averaging 74.5/ppg the last two games) has fueled their recent success.

Key Matchup

Bench vs. Bench.

With the Pistons shockingly successful bench of late, the second unit battles becomes an intriguing one.  The Bucks have been able to boast one of the finest benches in the league all season, so it will be fun to watch how both coaches utilize their reserves this game.  This also means more Charlie Villanueva air time than we were expecting, so that’s pretty cool, right??

Bucks:  What to watch for

The last time the Bucks came back from behind against the Heat to earn a stunning victory (last February), they followed that game up with a disappointing lost on the road in Detroit.  If this Bucks team wants to earn our consistent trust and support, then they have to show the consistency and resolve to build on the momentum from a victory like last night’s game.  That’s how you build a consistent fan base.  That’s what playoff teams do.

Pistons:  What to watch for

Will Bynum.  The little backup point guard has been playing out of his mind of late, and is capable of electrifying this crowd.  The less he is able to do tonight, the better off the Bucks will be.  He reminds me of JJ Barea, in the sense that whenever the Bucks used to play the Mavs, players like Dirk Nowitzki would be contained for most of the game. But Barea would do enough to keep the game close until Dirk could break free from LRMAM’s grip and seal the deal for Dallas.  Bynum is just as capable of doing this for Detroit.

Where and When?

Right after the Packers clinch the 2nd seed in the NFC, you can switch over to FSN at 6:30 for tip-off.


Maybe I’m crazy, but I believe that the Bucks build off last night’s victory and continue to roll, winning this game 102-84.

Random Thought for tonight

How similar do Lawrence Frank and Scott Skiles look?

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