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National Basketball Association
Preview
Milwaukee at Detroit
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

There were times last season when it seemed as if Milwaukee would never even get to double digits in victories. The Bucks have a shot at reaching that 10th victory before December even begins when they visit Detroit for the second matchup in four days between the Central Division foes. After knocking off the Pistons 98-86 on Tuesday, Milwaukee utilized a strong finish by Brandon Knight en route to a 103-86 victory in Minnesota on Wednesday.

While the season is very young, it is notable that with the back-to-back wins last season's NBA-worst squad is a half-game out of first place in the Central Division. The Pistons have dropped six in a row and nine of their last 10 following a 104-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Andre Drummond finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit, which picked up one of its three wins against Milwaukee at home on Nov. 7.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FSN Detroit

ABOUT THE BUCKS (9-7):
Milwaukee once again displayed a balanced attack that saw seven players score between 10 and 15 points in the win over Minnesota, but Knight showed his ability to take over a game late. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, making eight straight free throws in just over two minutes of the fourth quarter to help his team pull away. Knight had 20 points, eight assists and two steals to lead the Bucks past the Pistons earlier in the week.

ABOUT THE PISTONS (3-12):
Detroit gave the high-powered Clippers all they could handle but remain unable to stick with most competition on the offensive end. The Pistons have been held under 100 points in all but one of their 15 games this season and rank next-to-last in the league in shooting (41.6). They could get a boost if guard Brandon Jennings is able to return from a thumb injury that has robbed him of the last two games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Bucks C John Henson (foot) sat out Wednesday's game and is considered day-to-day.

2. Drummond has three straight double-doubles and seven straight games with at least 10 boards.

3. Pistons G D.J. Augustin has averaged 15 points and 6.5 assists in two starts in Jennings' place.

PREDICTION:
Bucks 97, Pistons 94
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Milwaukee 9-7 W2 5-2 4-5 0-0 9-7 2-2 6-7
Detroit 3-12 L6 2-5 1-7 1-0 2-12 1-2 2-6
Last Meeting
Milwaukee Detroit
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/25/14 DET 86 MIL 98 98 50 43.3 86 36 46.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Milwaukee B. Knight 20 58.3 3
Detroit A. Drummond 23 73.3 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Milwaukee E. Ilyasova 9 2 7
Detroit A. Drummond 10 2 8
Assists Player  
Milwaukee B. Knight 8
Detroit J. Smith 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Milwaukee B. Knight 314 42.1 75
Detroit G. Monroe 288 52.3 58
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Milwaukee J. Parker 139 46 93
Detroit A. Drummond 251 81 170
Assists Player  
Milwaukee B. Knight 122
Detroit B. Jennings 119
Quickchart Matchup
Milwaukee Off vs  Detroit Defense
96.3 Points For
97.6 Points Against
44.2 FG%
44.9 FG%
42.6 Reb
44.5 Reb
Detroit Off vs  Milwaukee Defense
92.1 Points For
97.8 Points Against
41.6 FG%
44.1 FG%
44.5 Reb
42.9 Reb