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The Detroit Pistons have lost six straight games. Can they end this streak with a win against the Milwaukee Bucks at home Friday night?

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Game Vitals

Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

When: 7:30 p.m. EST

Watch: Fox Sports Detroit

Analysis

The Milwaukee Bucks are fourth in the Eastern Conference.

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The Detroit Pistons are currently tied with the Los Angeles Lakers -- for second worst in the league. Actually, you could argue that they are better than us if only looking at offensive statistics.

It is a crazy kind of world we are living in. The Pistons have lost six straight while the Bucks have won two straight, one of those against us on Tuesday. This is already the third meeting against the Bucks this season and the series is currently split at one a piece.

After beating the Pistons Tuesday evening, they then followed that up by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves by 17 points. The margin of victory for that game was only so large due to an amazing fourth quarter where they outscored the Timberwolves 31-16. It was also the first meeting of the top two draft picks from this year's draft class. While they both had statistically similar poor evenings, Andrew Wiggins got the upper hand on Jabari Parker.

The Pistons also had to play Wednesday but against a much stronger opponent - the Los Angeles Clippers. Though the Pistons gave it a good run in the fourth, they (again) fell short. With just under 2:40 left to go in the game, the Pistons had pulled to within two points. For the rest of the game the Pistons shot 1-for-5 (only one shot was a two pointer - two blocked) and made four free throws. This team just struggles to finish out late.

Players to Watch

Detroit: Andre Drummond

To begin this year, Andre Drummond has looked anything but Andre Drummond. However, on Tuesday, against the Bucks, Andre kind of had a flashback. He scored a season high 23 points on 15 shots, many of which were lobs and dunks. The Pistons used the blueprint of that game and did the same thing against the Clippers where Drummond had 17 points on 11 shots. Maybe that streak continues tonight.

MilwaukeeBrandon Knight

In the two meetings against the Pistons this year, Knight has shot 12-23 including 4-for-7 from distance. He has even held onto the ball rather well dishing out 17 assists opposite 7 turnovers. And by well I meant well for him. Knight is having a career year and many of us Pistons fans are just wondering when he is going to come back to Earth. That may have been against the Timberwolves where he shot 3-for-11 and only had two assists against two turnovers.

When we last met...

Well it was not that long ago. Just this past Tuesday, the Bucks handed the Pistons a 12-point loss. To start the game it looked like the Pistons were going to break their four game losing streak winning the first quarter 31-26. Then they lost the next quarter by six, the third quarter by 11, and tied in the fourth quarter. Well hey, at least we didn't lose the fourth quarter. Drummond led the Pistons in points with 23 and tied with Josh Smith for the lead in rebounds with 10. The Bucks were lead by Brandon Knight who had 20 points (on 12 shots) to go with eight assists opposite two turnovers.

Starting Lineups

Detroit: Augustin, Caldwell-Pope, Smith, Monroe, Drummond

Milwaukee: Knight, Mayo, Antentokounmpo, Parker, Sanders

Injuries

Detroit: Meeks (back), Jennings (thumb)

Milwaukee: Pachulia (funeral)

Prediction

Detroit wins 95-90

Communal Question

Does Drummond continue his beasting ways?