First round playoff matchup with Detroit Pistons set

Aubrey Yates
April 14, 2019

The Pistons will earn a playoff spot with a win or a Charlotte Hornets loss against the Orlando Magic.

Detroit can clinch a postseason bid by closing the regular season with a win tonight at NY.

Regular season series: Celtics won 3-1.

Milwaukee Bucks: 15 greatest National Basketball Association playoff moments: Adam also detailed the 15 greatest playoff moments throughout the Bucks' 51-year history before this year's team kicks off their playoff run against the Detroit Pistons this coming weekend.

The Pistons (40-41) will be in the postseason if they defeat the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

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Wayne Ellington added 12 points for Detroit, which hadn't made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season, the last time they finished over.500 (44-38). Ish Smith led the team in scoring with 22 points and four assists off the bench, Andre Drummond added 20 points with 17 rebounds, five steals and three blocks while Luke Kennard chipped in with 15 points.

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Should the series continue, the Bucks will host Game 5 Wednesday, April 24, followed by Game 6 in Detroit Friday, April 26 and, if necessary, Game 7 in Milwaukee Sunday, April 28.

The Magic secured the seventh seed, and they will face the second-seeded Toronto Raptors in the first round.

In preparation for the playoffs, the 76ers rested all five starters, and star center Joel Embiid's status for the opener is in question. John Collins scored 20 points and set a career high with 25 rebounds.

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