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Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks - NBA Picks and Best Bets

The Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks kick off their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern from Fiserv Forum.

It’s Milwaukee’s first time hosting a first-round series since 2000-01 and Detroit’s first time back in the postseason since 2015-16.

Odds provided by Bet365; for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports.

Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks: By the Numbers

  • Milwaukee swept the season series 4-0 with three of those wins coming by double digits and two being by more than 20 points.
  • The Pistons were just 15-26 straight up on the road this year, but they went 20-19-2 against the spread. The Bucks covered the spread in 23 of 41 home games and went 33-8 straight up.
  • The Bucks enter the postseason at 7-3 in their last 10 with the Pistons stumbling into the playoffs at 4-6 over their final 10 outings.
  • Milwaukee led the league in points per game over the regular season while Detroit’s 107.0 was the lowest average of any team to make the playoffs.

Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks: Key Injuries

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Pistons PF Blake Griffin is questionable heading into Sunday due to a knee issue. Thon Maker would be in line for more minutes if the Pistons’ star isn’t able to start the series.

Bucks SF Tony Snell isn’t expected to play in Game 1 or 2, as he battles an ankle injury. PF Nikola Mirotic practiced in full on Friday, while C Pau Gasol is expected to miss a little more time with his ankle problem.

Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks: Best Bet

Moneyline: The Bucks are heavy -1100 favorites to open the series at home. The number seems to be indicative of Griffin’s unlikely availability. We’ll leave this number alone and opt for the spread.

Against the spread: Milwaukee’s being spotted –12.5 points at -110 odds. If the season series is any indication, they should have little trouble covering this number with Griffin out of the lineup.

Over/under: The UNDER on the total of 219.5 is the play with the Pistons’ top scorer and passer expected to be out of the lineup. Take it at -110 odds.

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