The Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks meet in the night’s marquee matchup in the NBA. It is a light card with the Bulls and Bucks the only notable game scheduled on the docket.
I’m not overly intrigued about the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets, but the Bulls and Bucks could out to be a good one at the Fiserv Forum.
Back on track. More work to be done. pic.twitter.com/WHnh6Dmm46
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 22, 2022
The Bulls are on a back-to-back following a 113-99 win at home versus the Toronto Raptors. That was a good one against a Raptors team that has been coming on nicely as of late.
The Raptors should be a contender again in a year or two, and they’ve shown flashes of the future with Scottie Barnes. Chicago said, nope, not last night, though.
Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points each for a productive performance for the Bulls’ leading scorers. The win was needed for the Bulls, as they were on a three-game losing streak going into that one.
They were coming off a 125-110 loss to the Utah Jazz and 129-102 loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Bulls got back on track nicely over the Raptors. However, now it’s back on the road for another tough challenge.
Timberwolves spoil Brook's start & Pat's return.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 20, 2022
It’s a tough part of the schedule for the Bulls. They were on the road for three games, back home for a pit stop, and then on the road again. This isn’t a simple assignment either.
Milwaukee has won eight of their last ten attempts, but are coming off a lazy loss at Minnesota by a score of 138-119. Head below for our free Bulls vs. Bucks prediction on March 22, 2022.
Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Chicago Bulls||+7 (-110)||+265||Over 233 (-110)|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-7 (-110)||+170||Under 233 (-110)|
|Team Data||Chicago Bulls||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Points Per Game||112.0||111.0|
|Points Against Per Game||111.0||111.3|
|Field Goal %||48.1||46.4|
|Three Point %||37.2||36.8|
Bulls vs. Bucks Prediction:
The Bulls are having a strong season, but do you feel confident in them going long in the playoffs? I don’t know about the Bulls. They can be spotty at times and fade at the worst times in games.
DeMar DeRozan has been having himself a very good campaign. However, I don’t need to remind Raptors fans of how DeRozan was unable to get his team over the hump in the playoffs.
This Bulls team reminds me a lot of the Raptors in that era with Kyle Lowry and DeRozan. Good in the regular season, but I’m so confident when the Bulls have to play a seven-game series versus a team like Milwaukee.
That isn’t to say that they haven’t looked great at times. The Bulls are tenth in the NBA with 112 points per game and the second-best offense with a 48.1% field goal percentage.
However, their success regresses on the road, with 109.4 points per game and a 47.4% field goal percentage. Their defense is what I’m concerned with tonight and come playoff time, though.
The Bulls are 23rd with a 46.9% field goal percentage against and 25th with a three-point percentage against of 36.3%. They haven’t been the best on the road either, with production falling as a visiting team.
Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Trends:
- 2-9 ATS in their previous 11 games
- 0-5 ATS in their previous five games versus a team with a winning home record
- 0-7 ATS in their previous seven games on the road
- 5-16 ATS in their previous 21 games as an underdog
- 2-6 ATS in their previous eight games versus a team with a winning record
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games as a betting favorite
- 6-2 ATS in their previous eight games
- 5-2 ATS in their previous seven games after a loss by more than 10 points
- 8-2 overall in their previous ten games
- 8-1 ATS in their previous nine games on a Tuesday
The Bucks should take advantage of a Chicago defense that isn’t up to form this season. They’d be in a great spot if the Bulls had a stingy defense.
However, they lose their assignments too often and allow easy points. The Bulls are giving up 112.3 points a game on the road and a 47.1% field goal percentage.
The Bucks likely score in this one. They are third in the NBA with 114.9 points per game and an impressive 36.8% three-point percentage in fourth.
Giannis missed the Saturday game in what was only the Bucks’ second loss in ten games. Though, he is listed as probable to play and should be on the floor against the Bulls.
With the Bulls on a back-to-back, it should be tough to keep pace with Milwaukee on the road. I’m backing the Bucks to pull away and win to cover the 7 points in Milwaukee tonight.