When: November 23, 2019, 8:30 p.m. EST
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Watch: Fox Sports Detroit, NBA League Pass
Odds: Det +12.5
Detroit Pistons (5-10):
Bruce Brown Jr., Langston Galloway, Luke Kennard, Markieff Morris, Andre Drummond
Milwaukee Bucks (12-3):
Eric Bledsoe, Wesley Matthews, Donte Divincenzo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
No Blake Griffin or Tony Snell tonight:
But the Pistons WILL have Sekou Doumbouya available:
Sekou Doumbouya and Jordan Bone AVAILABLE tonight for #Pistons at #Bucks Blake Griffin, Tony Snell, Reggie Jackson, Khyri Thomas OUT Luke Kennard (left hip strain), Derrick Rose (left foot soreness) QUESTIONABLE and Christian Wood (right knee soreness) PROBABLE— Matt Schoch (@Matt_Schoch_) November 23, 2019
The thing that has everyone buzzing is today’s report from Woj and Lowe about the NBA changing... a LOT:
The NBA is engaged in serious discussions with the National Basketball Players Association and broadcast partners on sweeping and dramatic changes to the league calendar that would include a reseeding of the four conference finalists, a 30-team in-season tournament and a postseason play-in.
Commissioner Adam Silver has been driving this agenda of change -- especially the in-season tournament cup modeled after European soccer -- for years. The NBA is selling the idea of lucrative television and sponsorship revenue that would drive long-term growth and combat stagnation in a rapidly splintering consumer environment.
The high-line items - re-seeding the playoffs midway through and a play-in tournament for the 10th, 9th, 8th, and 7th seeds for the playoffs - sound fine to me as mental exercises. The thing I still don’t understand is the mid-season tournament - what’s it for? What does winning it benefit you from a team and player perspective?
Hmm. Interesting to think about. In the meantime, enjoy the game tonight, y’all.