The Milwaukee Bucks (13-5) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (5-14) on Thursday, November 30th. This game will be played at United Center in United Center and televised on NBCS. The Bucks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bulls are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Heat. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Bucks vs Bulls
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
The Bucks took down the Heat in their most recent game with a final score of 131-124. the Bucks not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -4.5-point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 230.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
Coming into today’s matchup, the Bucks will be looking to build on their current three game winning streak and their overall record is currently 13-5. Away from their home court, the Bucks have a 5-4 record this season, in contrast to their 8-1 record at home.
Milwaukee comes in with an overall ATS record of 7-11 so far this season. Milwaukee has covered the spread in five consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 5-4 on the road as opposed to 2-7 at home.
The Bulls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Bulls fell to the Celtics by a score of 124-97. The Bulls turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 69-50.
Getting ready to face the Bucks, the Bulls hold an overall record of 5-14 and need a win to break their five game losing streak. On the road this season, the Bulls have posted a 1-8 record, whereas they have a 4-6 record at home.
Chicago currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 6-13 at this point. This season, Chicago has a 2-6 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 4-7 when playing as underdogs.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
The Bucks arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 120.9 points per game (3rd). So far, Milwaukee is averaging 100.7 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Milwaukee excels on offense, while playing at an up-temp pace and their outstanding effective field goal percentage, which is one of the best in the league at 57%.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
Through 19 games games, Chicago is averaging 106.2 points per game (28th). So far, the Bulls are averaging 95.6 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Chicago is just 21st in shots made inside the arc.
Bucks Team Defense
As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Bucks is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 117.8 points per game (22nd).
Opponents are hitting 54.1% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.1% of their three-point attempts.
Bulls Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Bulls’ defense is giving up an average of 112.8 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 52.6% of their games.
On two point field goal attempts, the Bulls’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 56.0% and allowing 37.7% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Bucks And Bulls
In today’s game, we anticipate Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the scoring for the Bucks, contributing 22 points while shooting 9/13 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 30.1 points per game, along with 10.6 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place DeMar DeRozan as the leading scorer for the Bulls. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 18 while also collecting 3 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 45%, and he is contributing 21.3 points per game on average.
Bucks vs Bulls Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, Milwaukee has an ATS record of 5-5 while averaging 122 per game. The team went 5-5 overall in these games.
- Through their last three home games, Chicago has an ATS record of just 0-3. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 104 points per game.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Bulls have gone 0-5 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 0-5.
- Over the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Bucks struggled vs the spread going just 1-2. However, they still had a straight up mark of 3-0.
Coming in as the underdogs at +8, we have the Bulls as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 227.5 and our model has the Bucks and Bulls finishing with a combined 215 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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