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SportNBA playoffs 2019: Predictions, picks for Bucks vs. Pistons first-round series

02:45  12 april  2019
02:45  12 april  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Bucks complete sweep of Pistons

NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Bucks complete sweep of Pistons The Bucks topped the Pistons 127-104 in Detroit to complete a first-round sweep, giving them their first playoff series win since 2000-01. Giannis Antetokounmpo followed up a subpar Game 3 performance with a game-high 41 points and nine rebounds in Game 4. Blake Griffin did all he could to keep the Pistons alive, totaling 22 points, five rebounds and six assists. But it wasn't enough. The Bucks advance to face the Celtics in the second round. Boston knocked Milwaukee out of the playoffs last season in a seven-game series.

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The Bucks enter the playoffs as the only 60-win team in the NBA, a mark they hit for the first time since 1981. They started the year 7-0 and finished with the highest-rated defense in the league (104.9) and the third-rated offense (113.5), for a league-best net rating of 8.6.

Of the Bucks’ starters, only Eric Bledsoe and Tony Snell have every been out of the postseason’s first round (each made one appearance in a conference semifinal), and on the bench, George Hill is the only player with extensive playoff experience, at least until Pau Gasol gets healthy. As a franchise, the Bucks have not won a series since 2001, so there’s some pressure on this bunch to back up what they did in the regular season.

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Your viewing guide for the first round of the NBA Playoffs . The 2018-19 NBA regular season is officially in the books, as we now look ahead Thunder vs Trail Blazers will follow that game at 3:30pm ET on ABC. Sunday night games include the NBA -leading Milwaukee Bucks vs the Detroit Pistons

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On the sidelines, this matchup features last year’s Coach of the Year, Dwane Casey, against this year’s likely recipient of the award, Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer. Safe bet that Budenholzer will enjoy a better fate than Casey, who was fired after last season despite his award-winning performance in Toronto. This year, he did an admirable job leading a team that had been 17-23 to a .500 record and a playoff spot.

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Bucks vs. Pistons: Schedule, breakdown, prediction

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)
April 14 Game 1 at Milwaukee 7 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)
April 17 Game 2 at Milwaukee 8 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
April 20 Game 3 at Detroit 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
April 22 Game 4 at Detroit 8 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)
*April 24 Game 5 at Milwaukee TBD
*April 26 Game 6 at Detroit TBD
*April 28 Game 7 at Milwaukee TBD

(*if necessary)

NBA playoffs 2019: Bucks' Nikola Mirotic expected to play Game 1 vs. Pistons

NBA playoffs 2019: Bucks' Nikola Mirotic expected to play Game 1 vs. Pistons The 6-10 forward has not played since March 19, when he suffered a broken left thumb. Mirotic practiced both Friday and Saturday with no problems, and told reporters, "I should be ready to go." Milwaukee acquired Mirotic from the Pelicans at the trade deadline to boost its perimeter game. Mirotic also has vast postseason experience. "This is going to be my fourth playoffs in five years," Mirotic said. "The guys are ready, but the message from our coach is that there's nothing different in the playoffs. We need to play our same basketball. Play hard. I think we should be fine.

All first - round playoff matchups are now locked in, with games beginning on Saturday. Early on Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons claimed the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a win over the lowly New York Knicks, but there were still First - round NBA playoff series schedule.

We will be predicting the seeding of the playoffs , the outcome of each series , and even how many games the series go to. Here are our predictions for the entire 2019 NBA playoffs . The Celtics and Bucks met in last years playoffs in round 2, and it went to seven games despite the Celtics not

The key player

Milwaukee swept four games from Detroit in the regular season, and while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are the All-Stars for the Bucks, point guard Eric Beldsoe led the charge against Detroit, averaging 20.5 points and 6.5 assists while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from the 3-point line in the four games.

Bledose will also be the primary defender against Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson, who improved as the season went on and was a big part of Detroit’s second-half turnaround.

The big number

42.2. No team was stingier when it came to yielding points in the paint this season then the Bucks, who thrived by sticking center Brook Lopez near the rim and allowing his presence to deter drives.

Milwaukee will allow opponents to shoot 3s — it led the league with 36.3 attempts against per game — and teams shoot 36.1 percent against the Bucks. But they’re not going to allow you to get to the rim on them. The Bucks allowed only 23.9 percent of opponents’ shots to be at the rim, lowest in the NBA.

Bucks vs. Pistons prediction

The Pistons rallied nicely late in the year, but the Bucks are a terrible matchup for them. They could make a series of it if they’re hot from the 3-point line, but they can’t win four out of seven.

Bucks over Pistons, 4-1

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