Chicago Demanding Full Attention
The Chicago Bulls may not have won Game 1 in Milwaukee, but they did enough in that 93-86 loss to command attention from the reigning NBA Champs.
The Bulls led 78-77 with 5:04 left to play in the final quarter before ultimately falling short down the stretch with some rough offensive possessions, but the signs were there to indicate that they will potentially make the series more competitive than anyone initially thought.
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Bucks Will Be Better
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Mike Budenholzer’s Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs it’s that their best effort never comes in Game 1 of a series.
What we do see, however, is a very renewed focus for Game 2 as small adjustments are made and a more efficient, effective Milwaukee team takes the floor next time around.
Last season, they had non-covers in all of their Game 1 scenarios. In their two series with home court advantage, they responded in Game 2 by covering in a huge way – blowing out Miami 132-98 in the first-round and a 125-91 win over the Hawks in the Conference Finals.
Positive regression is also due for the Bucks starters, especially from deep, and that in itself is a worry for Chicago. The Bucks starters went 6-for-23, with Wesley Matthews being the only one who made more than one triple in the game.
Those things falling into place are what makes this NBA betting expert feel that a Milwaukee blowout is waiting to happen.
Chicago’s Flaws Evident
As good as it was to see Chicago show signs of life in Game 1 the harsh realities of the roster’s shortcomings were still evident in this matchup.
Unsurprisingly, they have zero answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo – not that many teams do. The former league MVP finished a +19 in his 34 minutes on the floor and was an efficient 10-for-19 shooting to match.
The team’s defensive fragilities have been the talking point during their spiral out of the top seeds heading into the playoffs and despite holding Miluwakee to a respectable final score in Game 1 that was almost entirely on the Bucks missing their looks rather than Chicago actually making a defensive adjustment from what we saw from them in the regular season.
Offensively, they had lackluster showings from DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine in terms of their shot quality and efficiency, and while DeRozan was adamant that won’t happen again it’s hard to see how they improve against a defense that is known to get better with each passing game in a playoffs series.
Bulls vs Bucks Head-to-Head
The Chicago Bulls covered the 10½ point closing number in that 93-86 Game 1 loss.
The Bulls are 2-3 ATS this season against Milwaukee, but have failed to register a win as yet. They’ve now lost 16 of the last 17 games against the Bucks.
Bulls vs Bucks Game Information
- Game: Bulls (46-36) vs Bucks (51-31)
- Location: Fiserv Forum
- Day/Time: Wednesday , April 20th, 9:30pm ET
- Bulls vs Bucks Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Bulls vs Bucks Betting Lines
Bulls vs Bucks Prediction
Last time out, we were happy to take the inflated number on the Bulls and were proven right in how that game came to fruition. This time, however, things figure to be a lot different.
Milwaukee are capable of making the necessary adjustments to be more effective on both ends of the floor whereas the limitations on this Chicago roster will only become more and more evident with each passing game.
Despite the Bulls covering quite comfortably down the stretch the sportsbook oddsmakers haven’t budged on the closing number from Game 1, which speaks to the expected variance to come in favor of Milwaukee.
Everything sets up for a big response from Milwaukee in this one. If you’re looking to bet online in this game be sure to lay the points with the Bucks.
Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -10