Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks look for 12th straight win vs. Pistons

The Milwaukee Bucks look to continue their mastery over the Detroit Pistons when the Central Division rivals meet Wednesday night in Milwaukee.The Bucks rode 28 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 50 percent shooting to a 117-89 blowout win over the Pistons in Detroit earlier this month.The win was Milwaukee’s 11th straight over the Pistons dating back to a 110-87 loss at Detroit in February 2018.Antetokounmpo has played in all 11 of the wins. He had a 43-point explosion in a home win last January; a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at Detroit later in the month; a 33-point, 16-rebound game at Detroit in February 2020; and three other double-doubles.He was held to 11 points in the 2018 loss.Khris Middleton has participated in eight of the 11 wins, going for 20 or more points on four of the occasions.Once again, the Bucks enter this matchup in a favorable position. Not only have they won a season-best four in a row, but they had a night off after a 123-92 shellacking of Orlando on Monday, whereas the Pistons were enduring a 100-92 home loss to Miami on Tuesday night.In losing their third in a row, the Pistons led the Heat by as many as 12, then 76-67 entering the final period, only to get outscored 33-16.Jerami Grant led Detroit with 21 points as the club went without Isaiah Stewart, who began a two-game suspension for his run-in with LeBron James in the Pistons’ previous game. Stewart also will miss the Milwaukee game.