NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 25th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (2-10) at Detroit Pistons (5-8), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Bucks will try to halt an eight-game
losing streak on Monday night when they visit Central Division rivals, the
The Bucks haven't won since a home victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on
Nov. 6. Milwaukee hasn't won on the road since the second game of the season,
a 105-98 decision on Nov. 1.
After a tough overtime loss in Philadelphia on Friday night, the Bucks were
dreadful at home on Saturday. They fell 96-72 to the Charlotte Bobcats in a
performance that left the head coach angry and apologetic.
"We totally let this city down tonight on the way we played, on our energy and
on our intensity," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "As I told the guys, as long
as I'm going to be our head coach here that will never happen again as far as
they like it or they don't."
Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks with 20 points. John Henson had 10
and the Milwaukee starters combined for 18 points. They were outscored by
Charlotte's Al Jefferson.
Brandon Knight returned from a 10-day absence and had three points in almost
The Pistons snapped a two-game slide on Sunday with a 109-97 victory over the
hapless Brooklyn Nets.
"Road wins are hard to get. Any time you get a road win, it's huge," said
Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks. "But there's not a team in the NBA that's
not going to make a run. Every time you get a lead on a team, they always make
a run. It's up to us to hold that run from going any further, especially on
Rodney Stuckey was outstanding for Detroit as he notched 27 points off the
bench. Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Brandon Jennings added
14 points and 10 assists.
Josh Smith (13) and Kyle Singler (11) both scored in double figures. Andre
Drummond managed nine points and 10 boards for a Pistons team that scored 29
points off Brooklyn's 18 turnovers.
Detroit scored 65 second-half points and held the Nets to just 15 points in
the third quarter.
The Pistons play their next three straight at home after the battle with the
The Pistons took three of four against the Bucks last season, but Milwaukee
has won two of its last three at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit is 15-5
in its last 20 at home against the Bucks.
11/25 10:27:18 ET