Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls NBA Pick – Game 3

The NBA is set up with another strong set of playoff action on April 22. Three games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls. These two teams have been solid to open up this series and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:30 PM Eastern time on ABC.

Milwaukee finished the regular season with a record of 51-31, which had them earn the third seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks split the first two games of this series at home and will look to bounce back on the road. Milwaukee will look to pick up their play as they look to make their way back to the NBA Finals. I expect the Bucks to come out fast on the road.

The Bulls put up a record of 46-36 throughout the regular season, which had them in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. Chicago was able to earn a big win in Game 2 of this series. The Bulls will look to carry that momentum into Game 3 as it shifts back home. Chicago will look to get their home fans into this one early.

These two teams were strong throughout the regular season and will look for a big win as they meet on Friday night.

The Bucks were the better team in the regular season, but have struggled a bit to open this series. Chicago will look to remain hot after their Game 2 win. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Money Line Total
Milwaukee Bucks -2 ½ (-110) -140 Over 223 (-110)
Chicago Bulls +2 ½ (-110) +120 Under 223 (-110)

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Team Data Milwaukee Bucks Chicago Bulls
Playoff Record 1-1 1-1
Away/ Home Playoff Record 0-0 0-0
Playoff PPG 101.5 100.0
Playoff PPG Away/ Home
Playoff PAPG 100.0 101.5
Playoff PAPG Away/ Home

Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls Betting Trends

Milwaukee Bucks

  • 40-43 ATS this season
  • 34-32 ATS as a favorite
  • 23-17 ATS in road games
  • 2-6 ATS in April
  • 5-6 ATS on Friday nights
  • 10-8 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 5-12 ATS after a divisional game
  • 0-2 ATS in Playoffs
  • 10-9 ATS after upset loss as favorite
  • 14-26 ATS against team with winning record

Chicago Bulls

  • 44-40 ATS this season
  • 14-21 ATS as an underdog
  • 25-16 ATS in home games
  • 3-4 ATS in April
  • 7-7 ATS on Friday nights
  • 11-7 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 6-11 ATS after a divisional game
  • 2-0 ATS in Playoffs
  • 7-2 ATS off an upset win as an underdog
  • 22-26 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams met up in Game 1 of this series on April 17. Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 27 points and 16 rebounds in the first game, while Brook Lopez had 18 points. The Bucks earned a 93-86 win. The second game of the series was on April 20. DeMar DeRozan dropped 41 points and Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and 13 rebounds. Chicago bounced back with a 114-110 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Bucks have struggled a bit shooting the ball in the playoffs. Milwaukee has made 43.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 13th in the postseason. The Bucks have shot 32.4 percent from deep, which is 13th in the league. Milwaukee has sunk 64.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 16th in the NBA.

Chicago has not been much better shooting the ball on the series. The Bulls have been shooting 40.5 percent from the field, which is 16th in the playoffs. Chicago has made 30.6 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 14th in the league. The Bulls have drained 91.2 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 1st in the postseason.

These two teams will look to shoot better from the field in this one. Both teams have been strong on defense and will look to keep that up. Milwaukee has been struggling from the free throw line and will need to shoot better from the line. If either team can come out hot from the field in Game 3, it could be enough for the win.

Top Performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been strong for the Bucks in this series. Antetokounmpo has averaged 30 points and 17 rebounds per game. Brook Lopez is averaging 21.5 points per game. Jrue Holiday has averaged 15 points. Khris Middleton rounds out the lineup, averaging 14.5 points and 7 assists per game in this series.

DeMar DeRozan has been great for Chicago in the postseason. DeRozan is averaging 29.5 points, 5 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game. Nikola Vucevic has averaged 24 points and 15 rebounds per game. Zach LaVine is averaging 19 points. Coby White has averaged 8.5 points per game to round out this lineup.

These two teams have been led by their stars in this series. Milwaukee could use some more support from Pat Connaughton and Bobby Portis, who are both struggling early in this series. The Bulls will look for Coby White to improve a bit shooting the ball. If either team can have some players step up in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

The Bulls are coming off a big win in Game 2 of this series and will look to carry that momentum back home. I think Milwaukee will come out quickly in this one though. The Bucks are a strong team and I expect some players to step up. I also expect Milwaukee to shoot the ball better as this series goes along. Chicago is still missing Lonzo Ball, which I think the Bucks will take advantage of.

Bovada has the Bucks listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one.

This gives a slight edge to Milwaukee on the road on Friday night. I think that the Bucks will look to set the pace early on the road in this one. If Milwaukee can come out hot, I like their chances to earn a big win in this one. As slight favorites, I really like the value on the Bucks.

The Bet
Milwaukee Bucks -2.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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