The two teams have fought four times this season, and the Bucks have won four times to complete the sweep. Among these four games, except one win by only 3 points, the other three games have 23 points, 23 points and 10 points respectively. It can be said that the Bucks have the absolute advantage, regardless of the strength of the results or the face-to-face confrontation. These four matches are basically all full-time, the competition is concentrated in December and January, and after the trading deadline, the Bucks added Mirotic and Grand Gasol, the overall strength of both sides has been further expanded.
II. Strength Contrast
This years Bucks are indeed the strongest team in the league, and their strength is reflected in many aspects: the Bucks average 118.1 points in the leagues first, offensive efficiency 113.8 in the leagues fourth, and defensive efficiency 105.2 in the leagues first. What is more terrible is that the Bucksgame rhythm is the second in the league, destroying the withered and decaying high-speed attack, so that they often hit a wave of offensive frenzy, in a short period of time will completely kill the game.
Meanwhile, with the alphabet brother and center Brook Lopez signed last summer, the Bucks have rebounded No. 1 in the league this season, the highest percentage of two-point shots and the blocked hat No. 2 in the league. And their three-point shots and hits came to the second place in the league, that is to say, high-quality interior defense, and the strongest breakthrough alphabet brothers breakthrough + shooting method, so that they formed their own offensive system, at the same time, because the whole team is much higher than the players in the same position, so that they restricted their opponentsthree-point shooting and shooting to the couplet. The League is the penultimate, so at present, both sides of their offense and defense have distinct characteristics. It is not easy to defeat them in the first round.
On the Pistons side, new coach Casey started as a defensive coach. Pistonsdefense ranked seventh in the league, and only offensive rebounds ranked fifth in the league. One of the main factors contributing to the overall low data is that piston speed ranks 28th in the league. Therefore, this series is also a frontal collision between a fast and slow team, trying to get the game into its own rhythm, will be the key to win this series.
Points of View in Series
1. Who will restrict the alphabet brother?
This seasons alphabet brother played phenomenal performances, changing to power forward became a thorough bug: in the top ten balls and matches of the day, we can see alphabet brother pushed away the defender with all kinds of fantastic actions to complete the slam dunk, this 4-position breakthrough holding ball, almost like open-hang play, even can not find the template, only in the heat. LeBron of the period is somewhat similar. If you want to win the buck, you must first guard against the alphabet brother.
The Pistons may have some preparation in this respect. There are a lot of players in position 34 who can defend well in hand-to-hand combat. Of course, it is not realistic to limit the alphabet brother completely. Fortunately, in these four games, the alphabet brother averaged 20.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7 assists, or lower than his average.
2. Whether Griffin can redeem himself
When he returned to the All-Star game four years later, Griffin suddenly changed his mind this season, bringing about a second spring in his career. Even after arriving at the Pistons, his average game data reached the highest level in his career. This season Griffin is likely to grab a seat in the third team in the league. More importantly, this is the first time in his career that he led the team into the playoffs as the teams top star.
In fact, Griffin has been criticized for his lack of playoff strength, and it is not so obvious: this season, without playing in the playoffs, Griffins regular season and playoffs gap, but also less than 1 point and 1% shooting rate. And in the Clippers, hes not the absolute owner of the ball. In Pistons, he now plays a role similar to that of the alphabet brother, both standing in position four and the initiator of the attack. In fact, if two people are directly matched, Griffin does not have the impression that the gap is so big, in the game against the Bucks, he also has an average of 24.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7 assists, his and alphabet brothers personal performance, will determine the direction of the series.
3. If there are no accidents, the Bucks should be able to advance easily. However, how to finish this round quickly and give the players enough rest time will have a key impact on the subsequent matches. An important factor in the Bucksability to win 60 games is that in the first half of the regular season, the main line-up was very neat, but in the last few weeks of the regular season, it continued to undermine the general. Brogden is likely to be absent for a long time due to injury, and it will take at least a month for the two inside players, Mirotic and Grand Gasol, to recover. In addition, the two pillars of the team, Brother and Lopez, were slightly injured. The Bucks can rush through this series as a warm-up game before the real playoffs and meet the next tough battle in their best form. Source: Netease Sports Author: Editor-in-Charge: Ouyang Shun_NS4899
3. Can the Bucks Be Bloodless?
If there are not too many accidents, the Bucks should be able to advance easily, but how to finish this round quickly and give players enough rest time will have a key impact on the subsequent matches. An important factor in the Bucksability to win 60 games is that in the first half of the regular season, the main line-up was very neat, but in the last few weeks of the regular season, it continued to undermine the general. Brogden is likely to be absent for a long time due to injury, and it will take at least a month for the two inside players, Mirotic and Grand Gasol, to recover. In addition, the two pillars of the team, Brother and Lopez, were slightly injured. The Bucks can rush through this series as a warm-up game before the real playoffs and meet the next tough battle in their best form.