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Bet Bucks to Stymie Bulls, Cover Spread

The Milwaukee Bucks are facing the Chicago Bulls in the second of a road back-to-back, and it is hard to back the home team for betting NBA online. The Bucks seemed to have used the All-Star break to implement new things, which has worked so far.

Over the last two games, the Bucks have played the Charlotte Hornets in a home-and-away split. The Bucks dominated both, winning the first 123-85 before starting this road back-to-back with a 111-99 victory. The Bulls did pick up a big win at home over the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning 132-123 in a game that had to go into double-overtime.

Bet Bucks to Stymie Bulls, Cover Spread
Bet Bucks to Stymie Bulls, Cover Spread

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Bucks vs Bulls Game Information

1. Game: Bucks (39-21) vs Bulls (28-31)
2. Start Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
3. Day Game: Friday, March 1
4. Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
5. Bucks vs Bulls Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

 

The last two games between the Bucks and the Bulls have been pretty close and intense, both going into overtime. That might be why NBA lines are leaning toward this game being close despite the sizable difference in the team’s records.

 

Bucks vs Bulls Head-to-Head

 

Bucks vs Bulls Odds and Spreads

 

1. Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
2. Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
3. Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
4. Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog of 11.0 or greater.
5. Under is 8-0 in Bucks last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
6. Under is 6-0 in Bucks last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
7. Under is 5-0-1 in Bucks last 6 games as a road favorite.
8. Under is 4-0-1 in Bucks last 5 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater.

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Bucks vs Bulls ATS Pick: Bucks -4

Given where the Bucks are in the standings, it might be a surprise to NBA predictions that there is a chance they could move up higher. The pre-All-Star break Bucks were a mess. Their rookie head coach was fired and they were still trying to incorporate Damian Lillard.

However, after the All-Star break, it seems that Doc Rivers’ image of the team is starting to be implemented. The Bucks won the first four games after the break and are playing well. The most important thing was the improved defense.

On the season, the Bucks rank 17th in defensive rating (115.9) and are 21st in points allowed per game (117.7). Milwaukee’s defense was the biggest reason it wanted a change at the head coaching position. The offense has been great, averaging 121.8 points for second in the league. It was just up to the defense to catch up.

Over those four games after the break, the Bucks have the best defensive rating at 101. Sure, that is a small sample size, but it is enough of an improvement to shift NBA odds.

 

Bucks vs Bulls Over/Under Pick: Under 221½

Given how the Bucks defense is playing now, the best option for NBA picks in this matchup seems to be taking the under. That is also helped out by the Bulls ranking 20th in offensive rating (114.2) and 15th in defensive rating (115.4).

However, betting on the over/under might not be the best option for a lock. The Bucks’ offense is still playing extremely well and the Bulls have the scorers to make things interesting. The Bulls have also hit the over in seven of their last 10 games. That is partly due to low lines, but it does open the door.

 

Bucks vs Bulls Player Prop Pick: Damian Lillard Over 4.5 rebounds (+110)

For NBA prop bets today, we will focus on Lillard and his rebounding, which is a surprise given that this is not his strength on the court. However, since the All-Star break, in which the Bucks have won four straight, Lillard’s rebounding has gone up. Over those four games, he is averaging 7.8 rebounds, which should be more than enough to cover on this prop bet.

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Bucks vs Bulls Prediction

Bucks 113, Bulls 107

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Is this short stretch for the Bucks' defense enough to back them to win the Eastern Conference?


Their defense was the biggest hold-off to back the Bucks to make the Finals. If that can be fixed, they can win the Eastern Conference.

Can the Bulls stay in a Play-In spot?


The Bulls have had a weird season, but the defense has been playing well, while the main offensive threats seem to be getting hot.

 

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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