Bucks vs Pistons NBA Pick – Dec 30

Another NBA winner last night as Atlanta cruised to an easy home win over the fatigued Pacers.  The win pushed us to 9-3 ATS in our last 12 games and ran the season winning percentage to over 57%.  It’s been a good month for us at thesportsgeek.com, not perfect, but very good.

If you want to see perfection, there are two destinations in the NBA.  One is obvious, Los Angeles, where the Clippers are ripping off one of the longest win streaks in modern NBA history.  The other, is equally captivating but slightly less pleasant to watch, and that is the debacle brewing in Charlotte.  Just a month ago, I recall writing a column about the Charlotte Bobcats and their “playoff position” when they were sitting at 7-6 and looking competent.  Eighteen losses later, now 7-24, it’s already time to start watching a lot of college hoops if you are a Bobcat fan…

Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons -3 (Total: 192)

Milwaukee enters tonight’s game in a three-way logjam atop the Central Divison, knotted with Indiana and Chicago, and fresh off last night’s win over the Eastern leading Miami Heat.  The Bucks have won seven of their last ten games, including wins over Miami, Indiana, Boston and Brooklyn twice.  Brandon Jennings is playing All-Star level basketball and it will be interesting to see if he, Kyrie Irving or Jrue Holliday get the nod as the third point guard in the East.

Detroit has also played well lately, winning three of their last four games, and having actually played good basketball since their 0-9 start to the season.  If you throw away the terrible beginning of the season, the Pistons are pretty close to a .500 team.    However, if you go past their recent decent play, you’ll see seven straight losses and many of them non-competitive.  They were blown out by the Clippers – but recently everyone has been.  They were also blown out by Indiana and Denver and lost to Philly and Toronto.

Milwaukee has actually been decent on the road, especially for a non-veteran playoff team.  They’ve won three of their last four games on the road, beating Brooklyn, Cleveland and Boston away from Milwaukee.  I don’t see any reason they don’t go into Detroit tonight and do the same thing.  Milwaukee played last night, but is otherwise pretty well rested.  It goes against my generally-tested theory of wagering against teams playing the second night of a back-to-back on the road, but I just don’t think Detroit matches up well with Milwaukee tonight.

Free Pick:  Milwaukee Bucks +3

Chris Scheeren / Author