Ahead of their meeting in the first round of this year’s NBA Playoffs, we look at the history the Milwaukee Bucks have had against the Detroit Pistons in the postseason.
The 2018-19 regular season now stands in the rearview mirror and the Milwaukee Bucks are standing in rarefied air, both within the league and in the franchise’s recent history.
Without a doubt, it’s been an incredible experience following the Bucks go on to tally 60 wins, lock down both the one-seed in the East as well as home court throughout the playoffs. With Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo a favorite to win MVP, and potentially Defensive Player of the Year, and head coach Mike Budenholzer in the same position in Coach of the Year voting, the Bucks’ long-awaited renaissance has taken the NBA by storm this year.
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Now, the Bucks are looking to extend their success into the playoffs and first standing in their way are the eighth-seeded Detroit Pistons, who finished this season with a 41-41 record.
Having long been division rivals, the Bucks and Pistons’ storied history with one another has extended into the postseason on multiple occasions.
Those past playoff encounters do not bode well for the Bucks in a historical respect as they’ve lost each and every one of their previous four series with the Pistons, the last coming during the 2006 NBA Playoffs.
Of course, there’s a very good chance the Bucks’ playoff fortunes against the Pistons change over the next week or so, considering how wide the gap has been between the two clubs this season, as well as the Bucks’ overwhelming regular season success against Detroit.
So with the table set, let’s dig into the Bucks’ history with the Detroit Pistons throughout their past postseason trips before this new chapter starts Sunday evening.