What to Watch For: Bucks (21-21)
Am I the only one who gets a bit more excited for Bucks-Pistons than he used to? And by used to, I mean than I was like two months ago. What once was a sad battle between two guards who seemed destined for mediocrity has turned into two potential playoff teams led by their surprisingly effective lead guards. If Milwaukee’s recent home games are any indication, this is sure to be another entertaining game that’ll be in question for 48 minutes.
Outside of a blowout of the Wolves and a “home” game in London, Milwaukee’s four January home games have been decided by a total of 14 points. Unfortunately for the Bucks, all four games were losses. Jason Kidd talked about Milwaukee’s struggles before the Pistons game and generally blamed them on the team’s youth. It’s unclear how youth is manifesting itself in late game losses, but generally, the Bucks seem to panic a bit and struggle to execute down the stretch.
Rather than move the ball for open shots, too often it’s Brandon Knight vs. The World. The composure and ball movement we occasionally see during Milwaukee’s best stretches has been a distant memory in two point games with less than five to play.
What to Watch For: Pistons (17-26)
The greatest 17-26 team of all time? Detroit is 12-3 since dumping Josh Smith and apparently activating the very best Brandon Jennings possible. In those 15 games since he apparently unwrapped the Christmas present of an accurate jump shot, Jennings is averaging 20 points per game on 44% shooting from the field and 40.4% shooting from three. It’s likely you’ve heard all about his surge and it’s likely you remember the first month of his NBA career. I’m as skeptical as you are.
But for the time being, it doesn’t seem out of the question that he’ll have another terrific night, which would likely be as sweet for him as it would be bitter for Bucks fans.
Time – 6:30 p.m. CST TV – FSWI Radio – 620 WTMJ
Pistons: Kyle Singler (nose; questionable)
Choose the Form of the Destructor: Andre Drummond
Milwaukee often struggles to rebound on the defensive end. Drummond is the league’s finest offensive rebounder, grabbing 17% of all available offensive rebounds. With Greg Monroe by his side, likely to also attract the attention of Milwuakee’s big men, Drummond could score 10 points on offensive rebounds alone tonight. We haven’t even gotten into his work as a roll man, terror from above finisher in pick and rolls.