Chicago Hoping To Avoid Play-in Tournament With Win
There are only a couple of games left in the regular season and teams are fighting for every win. The Milwaukee Bucks have clinched the playoffs and are sitting at the No. 3 spot in the East, but a two-game losing streak plagues them.
Close behind, the Chicago Bulls are the fifth seed and just two and a half games away from falling into the play-in tournament.
A win could keep them out of it and secure their playoff positioning while the Bucks could move up into the number two seed if they get the victory.
Which of these two is the best option versus the NBA odds? Let’s take a closer look at this NBA game betting preview.
Bucks Starting Lineup Is Stellar
The Bucks are 2.5 games out of first in the East, so they still have a shot at the top spot. At the same time, they’re tied with the Philadelphia 76ers in the standings, so a loss can drop them to fourth.
Milwaukee is lucky enough to have three All-Star caliber players on their starting lineups. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the leader of the pack as the MVP averages 30.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game while being an integral part of their offense and defense.
Khris Middleton pours in an extra 20.1 points a contest while Jrue Holiday scores 18.7 points per game while adding 6.8 assists and 1.7 steals – the latter two are both team highs.
This team has more depth than the Bulls and that has to shine here if they’re to cover in the sportsbook.
Two-Man Show In Chicago
The Bulls started the year off incredibly hot but have struggled to win consistently since. The large reason for this has been the injury of Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. Caruso has made his way back into the lineup but Ball remains out.
Since their decline, DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine have stolen the show. DeRozan, in his first year with the Bulls, is averaging 28.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game.
His partner in crime, LaVine, who has also been banged up, is putting up 24.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per contest.
Wins have been hard to come by for this team as they are just 6-12 in their last 18 games. If you bet online, you have to be careful backing them.
Bucks vs Bulls Head-to-Head
The Bucks and the Bulls have faced off three times this season. In each game, Milwaukee was able to come out on top. Chicago looks to avoid getting swept this year.
Bucks vs Bulls Game Information
- Game: Bucks (48-30) vs Bulls (45-33)
- Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
- Day/Time: Tuesday, April 5th, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Bucks vs Bulls Betting Lines
Bucks vs Bulls Prediction
The Bucks are rightfully listed as the favorite in this game. It isn’t a surprise that they are, considering they were able to defeat Chicago in all three of their previous matchups.
They are coming into this game with their three best players all available to them; the Bulls will still be without Ball, one of their top defensive players.
Chicago will also struggle to contain Antetokounmpo as there just isn’t anybody on the roster that has the defensive capabilities and size to square up with him for the entire night.
That advantage will help Milwaukee win this game and cover the spread in the process.