Milwaukee Bucks Game Preview: Dec. 28 at Detroit Pistons

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Oct 30, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) during the third quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons won 98-83. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Major Key For Milwaukee: Hold Detroit Down

There’s a mark that the Bucks can shoot for, in terms of opponent points per game. When the Bucks give up 110 or more, their chances of winning are not good. Milwaukee is 1-7 in games when the other team scores that many points.

That means the Bucks are 13-8 when they allow less than 110 points in a game, which is a pretty good record! It could be even better though. Good defense so often leads to good offense, especially for a team that likes fast breaks as much as the Bucks do.

When Milwaukee holds teams to under 100 points, the Bucks are 8-4. That’s an even better record! It should be no surprise that good defense leads to good results–defense does win championships, after all.

The good news for Milwaukee is that Detroit doesn’t have a great offense. The Pistons are 20th in offensive rating, and 27th in points scored per game. Detroit averages just 98.7 points per contest! If they score less than 100, the Bucks could have a good shot to take this game–although last time these teams played, the Pistons scored 98 and won.

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