Bucks vs. Bulls: Feb 16, 2023 - Expert Analysis & Betting Picks

Bucks vs. Bulls: Feb 16, 2023 - Expert Analysis & Betting Picks

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Bucks money line -323
Bucks spread -7 (-110)
Bulls money line +215
Bulls spread +7 (-110)
Over / under  

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Milwaukee Bucks Chicago Bulls
Record 40-17 26-32
Home / road record 16-12 16-12
Streak W11 L5
Points per game 114.00 113.00
Points allowed per game 111.00 113.00
Rebounds per game 42.00 44.00
Rebounds allowed per game 43.00 43.00
Over / under record 27-30 25-33
 

Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks are taking their show on the road for the last game of the first half of the season, and they'll be heading to the United Center to face off against their longtime foes, the Chicago Bulls, on Thursday night. This won't be the first time these two teams have met this season, as they've already faced each other twice before, with the Bulls coming out on top in both games. They currently hold a 2-0 lead in the season series, but the Bucks will be looking to avoid a third loss against them in this upcoming matchup.

 

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have been a force to be reckoned with this season, sporting an impressive 40-17 overall record. While their home record is strong, they've also managed to hold their own on the road with a respectable 16-12 record away from home. This has helped them secure the top spot in the Central division, a testament to their consistent performances throughout the season.

The Bucks have also been dominant against their Eastern Conference rivals, boasting a solid record of 21-13 in these games. They've faced some tough competition in the conference, but their depth and overall talent have allowed them to hold their own against some of the best teams in the league.

One of the biggest factors contributing to the Bucks' success this season has been their rebounding prowess. They currently lead the Eastern Conference in rebounding, averaging an impressive 49.1 boards per game. A big part of this success can be attributed to their star player Giannis Antetokounmpo, who leads the team with an impressive 12.3 rebounds per game. His athleticism and tenacity on the glass have made him one of the best rebounders in the league, and he's been a key part of the Bucks' success this season.

Overall, the Bucks have put together a well-rounded campaign this season, with strong performances on both ends of the court. With their strong record, dominant rebounding, and a roster full of talented players, they'll be a tough team to beat in the playoffs.

Jrue Holiday has been a key player for the Bucks this season, especially from beyond the arc. He's been averaging 2.3 made 3-pointers per game while scoring 19.6 points per game, showcasing his scoring prowess and ability to hit shots from long range. His shooting percentage from beyond the arc is also impressive, with a solid 37.8% accuracy. Meanwhile, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been an absolute beast over the last 10 games for the Bucks. He's been averaging an incredible 31.3 points, 12 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game, demonstrating his versatility and all-around ability on the court. His performance has been a key factor in the team's 10-game winning streak and their recent success.

In addition to the individual performances of Holiday and Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have been putting together some impressive team stats over their last 10 games. They've been averaging 124.7 points, 53.1 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 7.2 steals, and 4.5 blocks per game, showcasing their talent and ability to dominate on both ends of the court. Their shooting accuracy from the field has also been impressive, with a solid 49.7% accuracy.

While the Bucks have been putting up impressive numbers, their opponents have struggled to keep up. The team's opponents have been averaging just 112.5 points per game over the last 10 games, showing just how dominant the Bucks have been in recent weeks.

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls come into this game with a 26-32 record, sitting in 4th place in the Central Division. They've had a decent record at home, winning 16 of their 28 games played at the United Center. The Bulls have had a better record in Eastern Conference games, where they've managed to win 17 of their 30 games so far.

One area where the Bulls have struggled this season is with turnovers, as they've been averaging 13.1 turnovers per game. However, they've been able to win games when they manage to keep their turnovers down, as they have an 11-3 record in games where they've won the turnover battle.

DeMar DeRozan has been the Bulls' leading scorer this season, averaging an impressive 26.1 points per game, and has been a key player for the team. Zach LaVine has also been playing well for the Bulls, averaging 3.1 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games, showing his ability to stretch the floor and hit shots from long range.

In their last 10 games, the Bulls have managed to win 5 and have been averaging 117.3 points per game. They've also been able to maintain a solid rebounding average of 42.6 boards per game, along with 22.9 assists, 8.0 steals, and 4.4 blocks per game. The team's shooting accuracy has been impressive as well, with a solid 50.2% accuracy from the field.

While the Bulls have been putting up impressive numbers, their opponents have been able to keep pace, averaging 114.7 points per game in the last 10 matchups. The team will need to step up their defensive effort if they want to come away with a win against a strong Bucks team.

Overall, the Bulls have been a competitive team this season, and with the right approach and execution, they have the potential to win games against some of the league's toughest opponents. It remains to be seen whether they can find a way to beat the Bucks in this matchup.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Milwaukee are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games.

Milwaukee are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games against Chicago.

Milwaukee are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.

Milwaukee are 13-2 ATS in their last 15 games when playing on the road against Chicago.

Milwaukee are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference conference.

Chicago are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games.

Chicago are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chicago's last 15 games against Milwaukee.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Milwaukee Bucks have been on a roll lately, and their recent performances have been nothing short of impressive. They've won their last 11 games, and during that stretch, they've been scoring at an incredible rate of over 124 points per game. Their offense has been on fire, and it seems like they can't be stopped. On the other hand, the Chicago Bulls have been struggling recently, especially since the absence of DeMar DeRozan, who has been a key player for them this season. They've lost their last five games, and it's clear that they're missing his presence on the court.

Even though the Bulls have managed to beat the Bucks twice so far this season, it's important to note that DeRozan was the scoring leader on both of those games. If he's still out for this upcoming game, it's going to be extremely difficult for the Bulls to come out with a win.

Considering the way the Bucks have been playing lately, it's hard to go against them. They're in top form right now, and it seems like they can take on any team that comes their way. As a result, it's no surprise that they're favored to win this game and cover the spread.

In conclusion, with the Bucks' current form and the Bulls' recent struggles, it seems like a no-brainer to pick the Bucks to win and cover the spread.

 

PICK: Bucks -7 (-110)

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