Fantasy Focus: Pistons vs. Bucks

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Andre Drummond

PISTONS (5-3) VS. BUCKS (4-4)

Tipoff: 7 p.m. Friday, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

TV/radio: FSD/WXYT


Probable starters: Reggie Jackson, Avery Bradley, Stanley Johnson, Tobias Harris, Andre Drummond.

Injuries: Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) is out.


Andre Drummond: He’s turned into Every-Day Andre with his start to the season. He’s still finding his way and the sweet spots in his new role as the hub, but the production is uncanny: 12.5 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He traditionally does well against the Bucks when Greg Monroe isn’t playing — Monroe is out tonight — and the other options they have to guard him just don’t match up on the boards.

Avery Bradley: He’s been a little hot and cold with his scoring in the early part of the season, but based on the cost, he’d be a good choice to break out against the likes of Tony Snell.

Langston Galloway: The Bucks bench is not as good as some of the others they have faced early in the season, so Galloway is in line to have a big game. He could get more playing time if either Bradley or Stanley Johnson gets in foul trouble, but he’s been pretty consistent in the early going.


Probable starters: Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thon Maker.

Injuries: Greg Monroe (left calf strain) and Jabari Park (knee surgery) are out.


Giannis Antetokounmpo: The cost doesn’t matter. Book it. He has had some good games against the Pistons already in his career and with his MVP-level start to the season, he’s ripe for another big game. At 31.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists, he’s a monster, but as he’s adding a 3-point shot (35.3 percent), it’s just unfair.

Kris Middleton: He had 43 points in Wednesday’s game and like Antetokounmpo, he’s had his big games against the Pistons — notably, 25 points and nine rebounds in the final meeting, in March. He’ll likely get more time against Tobias Harris, which could be a favorable matchup for him.

Thon Maker: He’s a low-cost option, simply because he has good games against the Pistons, especially with his size and versatility. He doesn’t match up favorably against Drummond, but he could be good for a reasonable stat line, in the neighborhood of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists, if that works for you.

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