Based on this evidence, it might be worth locking the Pistons in for a 23-point defeat in Sunday’s Game 1 at Fiserv Forum.
That has been the margin of defeat for the Pistons on both of their previous visits to Milwaukee’s new arena, while they’ve also failed to reach the 100-point mark against the Bucks on the road.
Foul trouble remained an issue for Antetokounmpo in this game, as he played just 26 minutes due to his five fouls, but perhaps as much as any game across the course of the season, this was a performance that acted as a reminder that not only have the Bucks got one of the league’s best players, but they are also one of the league’s best and most complete teams.
That was evident in Brook Lopez‘s status as the team’s leading scorer on the night. Lopez scored 25 points on 7-of-12 from three-point range and with only a single field goal attempt registered from inside the arc.
Middleton adding 22 points, Bledsoe coming up with 18, and Antetokounmpo and Malcolm Brogdon rounding the night out with 15 and 13 respectively capped off a complete performance for Milwaukee.
On the other end, Griffin came up with a strong 29-point showing, but Drummond’s 15 points and seven rebounds raised further questions about his overall ability to have a meaningful impact against Milwaukee.