Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 22 (4/22): NBA

Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 22 (4/22): NBA

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Odds

Time 8:30 p.m. EST
Bucks money line -145
Bucks spread -2.5 (-110)
Bulls money line +125
Bulls spread +2.5 (-110)
Over / under 222.5
 

2021-2022 season stats

  Milwaukee Bucks Chicago Bulls
Record 52-32 47-37
Road / home record 24-17 27-14
Streak L1 W1
Points per game 115.15 111.33
Points allowed per game 111.85 111.75
Rebounds per game 46.85 42.45
Rebounds allowed per game 44.20 43.42
Over / under record 43-41 40-42-2
 

Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls will play the game three of the Eastern Conference first round with the series tied 1-1 night. This is the fourth time these teams face off this season. The Bulls beat the Bucks 114-110 in the last matchup. DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 41 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 33 points.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks won the first game of the series and are 24-17 on the road with a 52-32 record ranking 1st in the Central division. The Bucks are 31-18 in Eastern Conference games. The Bucks are 12-4 against Central Division opponents. Milwaukee ranks fifth in the NBA in 3-point percentage, shooting 36.6% as a team from downtown this season.

Khris Middleton averages 2.5 made 3-pointers per game for the Bucks, scoring 20.1 points while shooting 37.3% from beyond the arc. Antetokounmpo is averaging 31.1 points, 13.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.

In their last 10 games, the Bucks are 6-4, averaging 117.2 points, 46.9 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 7.5 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.7 points.ame.

INJURIES: Middleton and Hill are out.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls won the 2nd game of the series at Milwaukee and are 27-14 at home with a 47-37 record ranking second in the Central Division. The Bulls are 29-23 against Eastern Conference opponents. Chicago ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference with 23.9 assists per game led by DeRozan averaging 4.9.

Nikola Vucevic is averaging 17.6 points, 11 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Bulls. Zach LaVine is averaging 2.1 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Chicago.

In their last 10 games, the Bulls are 4-6, averaging 109.6 points, 42.9 rebounds, 21.7 assists, 7.4 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.0 points per game.

INJURIES: Lonzo Ball is out

BETTING TRENDS

Milwaukee are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 8 games.

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

Chicago are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games when playing at home against Milwaukee.

Prediction

The Bucks will be without Middleton for this game but they will count with Bobby Portis so it's not all bad news for them. The Bulls won the second game of the series with a great performance from DeRozan who scored 41 pts. Chicago have struggled against Milwaukee as they're 2-17 in their last 19 games against them. The Bucks are the better team and they should bounce back and win this game.

PICK: Bucks -2.5 (-110)

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