The Chicago Bulls (4-6) travel to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (5-4) on Monday, November 13th. This game will be played at Fiserv Forum in Fiserv Forum and televised on NBCS. The Bulls are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bucks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pistons. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Bulls vs Bucks
The Bulls Are Coming Off A Win
The Bulls’ most recent matchup against the Pistons saw DeMar DeRozan lead the Bulls with 29 points while shooting 11/19 from the field. Nikola Vucevic also contributed 21 points as the Bulls won by a score of 119-108 vs. the Pistons.
Coming into today’s matchup, the Bulls have an overall record of 4-6 and will need to be on top of their game if they want to pull out a win, as they are +8.5 point underdogs. On the road, the Bulls have gone 1-3 so far this season compared to their 3-3 mark at home.
So far, Chicago is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 4-6. Currently, the Bulls have a two game ATS win streak when they are favored, and they are 2-2 against the spread as underdogs.
The Bucks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Bucks lost to the Magic with a final score of 112-97. Besides losing the game outright, the Bucks also fell short against the spread, failing to cover as -2 point favorites. Concerning the over/under, the total of 209 points remained below the established over/under line of 226.5.
The Bucks head into today’s action with an overall record of 5-4 and have gone 3-0 over their previous three games. Away from home, the Bucks have a 1-3 record this season, while maintaining a 4-1 record in their home games.
Milwaukee has an ATS record of 1-8 for this season, which includes their current six game losing streak against the spread. When on the road, the Bucks have been unable to cover the spread, and they are 1-4 at home vs. the spread.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
Through 10 games the Bulls are averaging 109.9 points per contest, placing them 22nd in the NBA. So far, the Bulls are averaging 97.8 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. So far, the Bulls offensive game plan has revolved around working the ball inside, as despite being a below-average team in pace they are 10th in made 2-point field goals per game.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Milwaukee offense is the 9th ranked unit in the NBA, at 115.7 points per contest. So far, Milwaukee is averaging 100.9 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Not only is the team playing at an up-tempo pace, but they have been able to pair this style with one of the better field goal percentages in the NBA at 47%.
Bulls Team Defense
The Bulls’ defense is presently ranked 16th in the league, allowing an average of 113.3 points per contest.
Chicago struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Pistons, giving up 11. For the game, Detroit scored 108 points in the game.
Bucks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Bucks will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 119.3 points per game (25th).
In the terms of takeaways, Bucks are causing 14.4 turnovers per game, ranking 20th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 20th in rejections, averaging 4.9 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Bulls And Bucks
The outlook for today’s matchup points to DeMar DeRozan as the primary point contributor for the Bulls, finishing with 20 points while maintaining a 7/13 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 22.2 points per game along with 2.9 boards.
On the other side, Giannis Antetokounmpo is our projected leading scorer for the Bucks. We have him ending the game with a team-high 19 and grabbing 8 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 58.1%, and he is contributing 28.9 points per game on average.
Bulls vs Bucks Trends
- Across the Bulls last five road games, the team averaged 102 points per game while allowing 112. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-4, while going 1-4 straight-up.
- Through their last five home games, Milwaukee has an ATS record of just 0-5. However, their overall record was 1-4 while averaging 115 points per game.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Bulls have a straight up record of 3-7. But, their mark vs the spread was just 4-6.
- Through their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Bucks have a good straight up record, but their ATS mark is just 0-5.
Bulls vs Bucks Prediction
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +8.5, the Bulls is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 228.5 and given that our model is projecting 218 points between the teams, we like the under.
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