Milwaukee Bucks Face Tough Stretch

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Oct 10, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward

Stanley Johnson

(3) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Detroit won 117-88. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons

After going through a difficult three game road trip, the Bucks will return home to face the Detroit Pistons.

No team in the NBA has been as surprising in the early going as the Detroit, as they’ve run out to 5-3 start.

Much of their success can be attributed to their big man, Andre Drummond. After making incremental improvements over his first three seasons in the league, Drummond looks like a legitimate superstar posting an unreal line of 18.8 points, 19.3, yes, 19.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game.

The Pistons have also seen major contributions out of Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris as well, with the former posting a solid 21.3 points per game.

This match-up should be a lot of fun to watch. For the first time since departing Detroit in free agency this summer, Greg Monroe will face his former team.

The match-up between him and Drummond should be one of the best of the season. Drummond is a man amongst boys on the boards and could present Monroe with his most difficult match-up of the season.

Monroe can also take it to Drummond, able to score in the low-post on a consistent basis. Their contrasting styles didn’t mesh well in Detroit, but it should make for an exciting head-to-head contest between the two giants.

Outside of Drummond, the Bucks boast major positional advantages. Middleton is a superior player to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on both sides of the floor and this should give him with his most favorable match-up of the season so far.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, after facing difficult match-ups against James and George, will surely look to feast on Marcus Morris and Stanley Johnson. Neither are elite defenders or scorers, nor are they athletic enough to contain Antetokounmpo.

Jabari Parker should play a key role as well, as his minutes will surely increase throughout this stretch of games.

Out of the five games, this appears the most winnable. It’s at home and the Bucks match up well with the Pistons.

It could hold even more meaning if the Bucks come in having lost three or four games during this stretch. Thus, expect the Bucks to be fully prepared to get back on track (if needed) in this game.