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Coverage at 8:30 pm ET

Milwaukee: 0-1 (0-0 home)
Margin: -13.0

Pistons: 1-1 (1-0 road)
Margin: +7.0

Oppo research

After a ghoulish performance at home from the frontline last night, the Pistons face the Bucks, for whom front-court defense is a relative strong suit.

Milwaukee has made a concerted effort to cut payroll and move contracts, and the roster reflects that effort. Other than fading star Michael Redd, Milwaukee does not really have a go-to scorer. No Bucks player scored more than 17 points in last nights lost to the 76ers, and Brandon Jennings and Redd needed 16 and 17 shots respectively to get that done.

The Bucks compensate for their offensive shortcomings with strong rebounding and Scott Skiles' patented defense.

The Drama:

Charlie Villanueva returns to the team that failed to give him a qualifying offer. Here's hoping the added motivation yields a better performance on both ends of the court than we have seen thus far.

Keys for Detroit

Crash the boards: I have the feeling I can just cut and paste this one for the remainder of the season.

Hit Free Throws: The Pistons have done a good job getting to the line, but an atrocious job of making that a desirable result.

Open up the court: Last night gave us shades of last year, as a 5-17 night from downtown stalled the offense. That said, I don't think anyone is asking for five three attempts from CV.

Question of the Game

Can the Pistons bounce back? Rough shooting nights happen, and the team had it together through the first half. I'm keeping the faith for the time being.