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Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions, Odds, Picks

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated October 14, 2022
16 min read
  • The Chicago Bulls showed their toughness in Game 1, despite the loss
  • The Milwaukee Bucks look to improve on their poor shooting night from Game 1
  • The Milwaukee Bucks lead the series 1-0

Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds

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Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions and Pick

Chicago put up a good fight in Game 1, despite struggling against the Bucks’ defence. Milwaukee are looking to get into their offence quickly in Game 2, with a focus on their three-point shooting


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Head-to-Head: Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks

Chicago Bulls Head-to-Head Milwaukee Bucks
Billy Donovan Head Coach Mike Budenholzer
46-36 (6th in East) Standing 51-31 (3rd in East)
L-W-L-L Form W-L-W-W
113.2 (13th of 30) Off Rtg 115.1 (3rd of 30)
113.6 (22nd of 30) Def Rtg 111.8 (14th of 30)
98.3 (15th of 30) Pace 99.9 (7th of 30)

Leaders (Playoffs)

N. Vucevic (24.0) PPG G. Antetokounmpo (27.0)
N. Vucevic (17.0) RPG G. Antetokounmpo (16.0)
D. DeRozan (6.0) APG J. Holiday (6.0)
D. DeRozan (3.0) SPG J. Holiday (2.0)
N. Vucevic (2.0) BPG G. Antetokounmpo (2.0)
C. White (.500)/N. Vucevic (9.0) FG%/FGM W. Matthews (.667)/G. Antetokounmpo (10.0)
C. White (.333)/C. White (2.0) 3P%/3PM W. Matthews (.667)/W. Matthews (2.0)

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Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
Lonzo Ball Chicago Bulls 6 Apr 2022 Out (Knee) The Bulls announced that Ball would not return this season.
Matt Thomas Chicago Bulls 18 Apr 2022 Day to Day (Leg) Thomas was OUT for Chicago’s Sunday (Apr. 17) game.
George Hill Milwaukee Bucks 18 Apr 2022 Day to Day (Abdominal) Hill was OUT for Milwaukee’s Sunday (Apr. 17) game.
Jordan Nwora Milwaukee Bucks 18 Apr 2022 Day to Day (Back) Nwora was OUT for Milwaukee’s Sunday (Apr. 17) game.

How can the Bulls beat the Bucks?

The Chicago Bulls have a lot to improve on when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2. Chicago struggled to create good shot opportunities, despite their workmanlike effort on the glass.

In Game 1 against the Bucks, Chicago shot just 32.3% from the field and 18.9% from three-point range. Their struggles on offence came from their lack of playmaking, assisting on just 17 of their 31 field goals.

Against the intensity of the Bucks defence, the Bulls need to be able to create more efficient shot opportunities. Already one of the worst passing teams in the NBA, 19th with an average of 13.9 per game, the Bulls need to be more efficient with their opportunities.

Bulls Key Player: (G-F) DeMar DeRozan

The Chicago Bulls came close to victory in their first game, but you couldn’t help but think they would’ve earned a victory if DeRozan was on point. After a disappointing Game 1, DeRozan will look to bounce back in Game 2.

DeRozan is coming off of a Game 1 where he posted 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals in 42 minutes of play. He struggled from the field though, converting on just 6 of his 25 shot attempts.

Don’t be surprised to see DeRozan get off to an aggressive start in Game 2. He’s unlikely to shoot so poorly for two games in a row, but the Bulls can take comfort in the fact that DeRozan is a big contributor in other major stat categories regardless.

How can the Bucks beat the Bulls?

The Milwaukee Bucks showed their championship quality in Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls. Despite struggling with their usual game plan, the Bucks were able to focus on other areas to help themselves to victory.

Despite ranking 5th in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (36.6%) and 4th in three-point field goals per game (14.1), the Bucks were just 10 of 38 from three-point range on the night. If not for their size and willingness to attack the basket, Milwaukee could’ve easily lost the game.

The Bulls can struggle on the defensive side of the ball, mostly due to their lack of rim protection. If the Bucks can establish themselves inside early, it’ll only create even more opportunities for them from three.

Bucks Key Player: (F) Giannis Antetokounmpo

The reigning NBA Finals MVP opened his first playoff game of the season with a bang. While some of his teammates struggled, Antetokounmpo showed the quality to carry his team to the finish line.

In Game 1, Antetokounmpo posted 27 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks in 33 minutes of play. He was efficient from the field, converting on 10 of 19 field goal attempts, but struggled to take care of the ball as he committed 5 turnovers.

The Greek Freak helped lead the way for the Bucks in the first half of Game 1, scoring 17 of his 27 on the night. If he can get out to another strong start, the Bucks will have one less player to worry about producing as the game wears on.

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How to Watch Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks

Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks Information
Who Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks
Where Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
When Wednesday, 9:30 PM EST, April 20th, 2022
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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