The Beard. The Brow. They’re not playing against each other or nothin’ … they just both happen to be playing tonight. And, with AD playing so well recently, some folks are tossing him into the MVP conversation.

Which superstar is worth rostering tonight? Which one has a better shot at leading his team to a cover? Find out all that and then some in tonight’s NBA guide. — Mark Gallant

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MILWAUKEE BUCKS AT DETROIT PISTONS (-1.5) | O/U: 207

7 p.m. ET

What the metrics say: The Pistons are reeling hard, losing six of their past seven games after starting the Blake Griffin era with three straight wins. Let’s dive into that time frame and what’s gone wrong. The quick answer is a little bit of everything. During those seven games, the Pistons rank 26th on offense, 25th on defense, and 26th with an atrocious -11.6 net rating. They haven’t been able to buy a shot, ranking 29th with a terrible 51.6% true-shooting mark. Stan Van Gundy has mostly rolled with the starting lineup, and in 136 minutes, it has posted a -3.1 net rating. The big issue is what happens when the starters come off:

Those net ratings don’t even seem real. And, unfortunately, the bench doesn’t seem like an easy fix at the moment. — Bryan Mears

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