Bucks look to maintain strong away form

29 January 2013 12:40:14 EST
Monta Ellis, of the Milwaukee Bucks.

The ping-pong schedule of the Milwaukee Bucks continues as they travel to The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit to face the Pistons.

It's game five of the nine-game series in which the Bucks alternate between home and away yet despite the punishing schedule Milwaukee looks a solid bet to make the playoffs now leading the Philadelphia 76ers by six games in the Eastern Conference. And yet the Bucks remain a statistical anomaly. One of just three sides in the Conference, the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks being the others, who have a winning away record, Milwaukee nonetheless has a points differential of -0.6 which in some ways explains their seventh place in the Conference.

The Bucks can be backed at 10/11 in the point spread (+1), while the Pistons (-1) are 10/11.

Tuesday the Bulls moved a game and a half ahead of the Indiana Pacers, and three ahead of the Bucks, when they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 93-85 at the United Center in Chicago. Jimmy Butler, who had been starting in place of the injured Luol Deng, this time came off the bench to lead the hosts with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. It would not surprise if the Bulls moved Deng with the emergence of Butler as the second year pro out of Marquette has come on in leaps and bounds. Joakim Noah dominated on the boards grabbing 18 rebounds to go with 13 points, seven assists and five blocks in a monster game for the Bulls. Chicago next travels to the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Wednesday to play the Bucks.

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