Bucks vs Bulls Prediction & Best Bets For Game 5 | Spread, Over/Under, & Moneyline Odds

Any possibility that the Bulls would bounce back with a prideful effort after a 111-81 thrashing in Game 3 was put to rest in Sunday’s Game 4. Milwaukee forged a 119-95 victory to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.

The second consecutive embarrassment in front of their United Center home crowd may well have left the Bulls without any fight for Wednesday’s Fiserv Forum battle. After limiting the Bucks to 93 points in Game 1, Chicago has surrendered 114, 111, and 119 points to the defending champs over the last three games.

Will the Bucks put what seems like the increasingly inevitable last nail in the Bulls’ coffin in Game 5? Or will Billy Donovan‘s squad fight back to have a chance to redeem itself in front of their faithful in a Game 6 back home?

Bucks vs Bulls Game 5 Odds

All NBA gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Tuesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Bucks (-800), Bulls (+550)
  • Spread: Bucks -12 (-110), Bulls +12 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 218 (-110) / Under 218 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Milwaukee Bucks 115, Chicago Bulls 103

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Bucks vs Bulls Game 5 Prediction

The Bucks racked up their highest point total of the series yet in Game 4 with the help of an especially sharp offensive performance in the middle quarters. Milwaukee outscored Chicago 65-52 over the second and third frames to essentially put the game away.

The Bucks’ dominance was evident across the stat sheet, especially in some of the major categories. Milwaukee outshot its hosts by a 52.3% to 38.9% margin and won the battle of the boards, 51-44. The defending champs’ work on the perimeter on both ends of the floor was especially impressive — the Bucks drained 51.5% of their threes while limiting the Bulls to a 25% figure.

The Khris Middleton-less unit had no trouble whatsoever generating offense for the second straight game. Bobby Portis and Grayson Allen have more than made up for the star wing’s absence, and Jrue Holiday‘s 26-point explosion in Game 4 may mean his struggles are behind him after an uneven start.

Meanwhile, the Bulls seem to have no answer for what Milwaukee is doing defensively, with all three of DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Vucevic shooting under 50% Sunday. Although Patrick Williams‘ 20-point effort was encouraging, it seems like a stretch to see Chicago being able to suddenly navigate the Bucks’ elite defense on the road after scoring under 100 points in three of the first four games of the series.

With LaVine potentially missing this game after entering health and safety protocols on Tuesday, the result of this game and series looks abundantly clear.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 5 Score Pick

Bucks 116, Bulls 101

The Bucks’ smallest margin of victory in the series was in Game 1, when both teams were coming off a week-plus of rest. Fast forward to Tuesday, and the Bulls are an increasingly frustrated team that has to have some serious doubts after back-to-back lopsided defeats on their home floor.

Given that both teams are intimately familiar with what the other will throw at them at this point, I don’t see much reason to doubt that this will be another double-digit Bucks victory.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 5 Best Bets

Bucks: Cover -12 Spread (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

I see Milwaukee covering this big number. I do think the Bulls put up a bit more fight than in the last two games if for no other reason than sheer pride, but I feel Milwaukee pulls away late with the lure of closing out the series in front of the home crowd.

Back the Bucks to cover in our NBA bet of the day.

spread

-110

Bucks: Cover -12 Spread vs Bulls

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UNDER 218 Total Points (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

There will be a fair amount of points scored in this game, but they will still lead to a total that falls just short of this number. Chicago in particular will have trouble keeping up its end of the bargain against a Bucks defense they’ve found difficult to figure out.



It’s also worth noting the Under is 15-8-1 in the Bulls’ games as road underdogs since the start of the regular season, implying Chicago runs out of gas a bit in some games where they’re not quite up to par to the opposition.

over-under

-110

Bucks vs Bulls: UNDER 218 Pts

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Bucks vs Bulls Game 5 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+110)

  • UNDER 218 Points 
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: Records Double-Double

WAGER: 1 Unit

Bucks vs Bulls Game 5 SGP

Having already made the case for the Under, I like the idea of pairing it up with yet another Giannis Antetokounmpo double-double.

The big man has trampled the Bulls’ frontcourt to the tune of three double-doubles in the first four games of the series, and he averaged 26.8 points and 13.5 rebounds in four games against Chicago during the regular season. He also averaged 31.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game at home this season.

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+110

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PREVIOUSLY: Bucks vs Bulls Game 4 Prediction

The Bulls had to have entered Friday night’s Game 3 clash at United Center with a healthy dose of confidence, given their Game 2 upset at Fiserv Forum and the fact Milwaukee was missing Khris Middleton (knee).

However, Chicago ran into a buzzsaw of a lethally focused Bucks squad, which made up for their star wing’s absence by inserting Bobby Portis into the starting five with significant success. The end result was a 111-81 throttling for Milwaukee to take a 2-1 series lead.

Can the Bucks carry over their considerable momentum into Game 4 and take a 3-1 series lead back home, or will the Bulls respond with an intense desire to atone for the embarrassment they suffered in front of the home crowd?

Bucks vs Bulls Game 4 Odds

All NBA playoff odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Bucks (-180), Bulls (+155)
  • Spread: Bucks -4.0 (-110), Bulls +4.0 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 218.5 (-110) / Under 218.5 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Milwaukee Bucks 111.25, Chicago Bulls 107.25

 

Bucks vs Bulls Game 4 Prediction

An unpredictable series took another interesting turn with Game 3’s lopsided result.

The success with which the Bucks adapted to the loss of Middleton was remarkable given his significance to the team, but credit goes to coach Mike Budenholzer and his staff for flummoxing the Bulls with a twin-big-man lineup featuring Portis and Brook Lopez in the frontcourt.

Coupled with a critical 22-point contribution from Grayson Allen off the bench, Milwaukee not only regained the edge in the series, but they got some valuable rest for their first unit thanks to the comfortable lead through three quarters. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Lopez, Portis, and Wesley Matthews all played under 30 minutes, while Jrue Holiday hit 30 exactly.

The Bulls, meanwhile, experienced some major regression, putting on an offensive performance that was in some ways worse than their Game 1 effort. DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Vucevic shot nowhere near as poorly as that first game of the series, but Vucevic’s 19 points led the trio while Patrick Williams went 0-for-9 from the field.

Chicago has now been stymied defensively in two of the first three games, which doesn’t bode well whatsoever for Game 4, irrespective of the fact the game is once again unfolding at United Center.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 4 Score Pick

Bucks 113, Bulls 107

As was the case following Game 1, I expect the Bulls to bounce back offensively to an extent, especially on their home floor. However, the Bucks have to have gained substantial confidence from the way they handled their first game without Middleton, and they’ll have a high degree of motivation to prevent an evening of the series and take a 3-1 lead back to Milwaukee.

The Bucks are 19-9 with net ATS +/- of +2.9 points as a road favorite since the start of the regular season. Meanwhile, Chicago is now 4-9 versus the number as a home underdog and 1-6 straight -up against the Bucks since the start of the regular season.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 4 Best Bets

Bucks Cover -4 Spread (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Bulls will put on a much better performance in what I predict will be their final game in front of the home crowd until next season. However, even with a competitive drive fueled by the desire to prevent heading back on the road with a two-game series deficit, they’ll come up just short and the Bucks will pull away just enough for a cover.

spread

-110

Bucks: Cover -4 Spread @ Bulls

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OVER 218.5 Total Points (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

These two teams obviously know each other extremely well, but as already alluded to, I see a scoring uptick overall in Game 4 with Chicago doing much more to contribute to the final tally. With oddsmakers having brought the number down significantly after the Under comfortably hit Friday, I’m going back the other direction and predicting this number is slightly eclipsed.

The Over is also 15-13 in the Bucks’ games as a road favorite since the start of the regular season and 7-6 in the Bulls’ games as a home underdog.

The Under is also 23-18-1 in the Bulls’ road games since the start of the regular season and 21-21 in the Bucks’ home games.

over-under

-110

Bucks @ Bulls: OVER 218.5 Points

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Bucks vs Bulls Game 4 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+193)

  • Brook Lopez OVER 0.5 Assists
  • Bucks moneyline

WAGER: 1 Unit

Lopez will never be confused with Chris Paul as a facilitator, but he needs just one measly dime for his portion of the parlay to hit and has one assist apiece in each of the last two games of the series. He’s recorded at least one assist in six of 16 games since the delayed start to his regular season.

Then, the Bucks moneyline portion of the parlay is self-explanatory, given my belief Milwaukee will win the game straight-up.

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+193

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PREVIOUSLY: Bucks vs Bulls Game 3 Prediction

The Bulls pulled off a massive upset on Wednesday night, defeating the defending champion Bucks on their home floor from wire-to-wire en route to a series-evening 114-110 win.

As bleak as Chicago’s outlook was heading into the series and after Game 1, there has to be a sense of growing optimism around Billy Donovan‘s squad following Wednesday’s outcome. Additionally, the MCL sprain suffered by Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, which will keep him out of Game 3 at minimum, also has the potential to be a significant X-factor in how matters unfold the rest of the way.

Will the Bulls be able to maintain their momentum? And with an absent Middleton, will the Bucks be able to answer the call?

Bucks vs Bulls Game 3 Odds

All NBA gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Bucks (-140), Bulls (+120)
  • Spread: Bucks -2.5 (-110), Bulls +2.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 223 (-110) / Under 223 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Milwaukee Bucks 112.75, Chicago Bulls 110.25

Bucks vs Bulls Game 3 Prediction

The Bucks find themselves in an unusual/uncomfortable position for Game 3.

Milwaukee shot a respectable 45.8% in Game 2, including 38.9% from three-point range, and Middleton was sharp despite his injury. Jrue Holiday did continue to struggle, while Chicago had no answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo, who finished just one assist shy of a triple-double and accrued 33 points and 18 rebounds.

The Bulls saw a drastic improvement from their big three of DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic, and Zach LaVine shooting-wise after they went just 21-for-71 from the field in Game 1. The trio bounced back to shoot 53.2% in Game 2, with DeRozan leading the way courtesy of an outstanding 41-point showing.

Game 3 will likely land somewhere in the middle of the two extremes that were Games 1 and 2. The concern for Milwaukee is the potential absence of Middleton, which would be challenging but not impossible for a team as seasoned as the Bucks to overcome, especially if Bobby Portis is able to return Wednesday.

The Bucks notably recorded wins in both of their road games against the Bulls during the regular season, and with a deceptively critical game in front of them, I see them bouncing back to gut out a victory and keep from falling behind in the series.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 3 Score Pick

Bucks 111, Bulls 108

With Middleton out, this is very likely going to be a tooth-and-nail battle between the two. The Bucks are still favorites, but by a minuscule margin compared to Games 1 and 2, where they had a 10-point projected advantage attached in each game.

Milwaukee thrived against the spread as a road favorite this season, going 18-9 in that split with net ATS +/- of +2.0 points in that split. Meanwhile, Chicago was only 4-8 against the number as a home underdog with net ATS +/- of -2.4 points and a net point differential of -6.1 points.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 3 Best Bets

Bucks Cover -1.5 Spread (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

While this is bound to be another very close game, the Bucks’ pedigree as defending champions is one that I think will carry them through in this spot. Milwaukee’s quality wing depth (including Pat Connaughton and Grayson Allen) will help make up for the absence of Middleton.

Factoring in the aforementioned track records of each team in the splits that apply Thursday, I like Milwaukee to pull off the cover, albeit barely.

spread

-110

Bucks: Cover -1.5 Spread vs Bulls

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UNDER 223 Total Points (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

As outline in my predicted score, I see the Under hitting again in Game 3. Game 2 finished one point shy of this exact number despite improved shooting for both clubs, and I think the further we get into the series, the more knowledge of the opponent’s tendencies and fatigue begin to play a role in limiting scoring.

Familiarity has often brought lower scoring for both these clubs since the start of the regular season as well, as the Under is 31-23 and 31-22-1 in Milwaukee’s and Chicago’s conference games, respectively, over that span.



The Under is also 23-18-1 in the Bulls’ road games since the start of the regular season and 21-21 in the Bucks’ home games.

over-under

-110

Bucks vs Bulls: UNDER 223 Pts

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Bucks vs Bulls Game 3 Parlay

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  • Jrue Holiday OVER 2.5 Threes
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo OVER 13.5 Rebounds

WAGER: 1 Unit

Bucks vs Bulls Game 3 SGP

Holiday hasn’t really gotten going shooting-wise in the series, but it’s just a matter of time. The normally efficient veteran shot 50.1% from the field and 41.1% from deep during the regular season. He was even better in four regular-season games against Chicago, and he boasts an elevated 28.6% usage rate with Middleton off the floor this season.

Antetokoumpo has pulled down 16 and 18 rebounds in the first two games of the series, and he’s tallied at least 14 boards on 23 occasions since the start of the season overall. The Bulls have been very giving to power forwards all season as well and clearly haven’t had any answer for Antetokounmpo on the boards.

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The Bulls entered Sunday’s Game 1 against the Bucks as heavy underdogs, and early on, it appeared the game would play out accordingly. However, Chicago clawed back from a 13-point first-quarter deficit to eventually go into the fourth quarter down by only three. The end result was still a seven-point win for Milwaukee, but one that was much more difficult than envisioned.

The Bulls’ defense was particularly impressive over the final three quarters, a span during which the Bucks scored only 59 total points. Chicago held the defending champs to only 40.5% shooting and forced 21 turnovers. However, the Bulls shot just 32.3% in their own right, including 18.9% from three-point range.

The Bucks will be aiming for a much more consistent offensive effort throughout Game 2, while the Bulls likely enter inspired by their Game 1 effort and aiming to also be much more efficient on the offensive end.

Here are our picks and predictions for the second game of the NBA Playoffs between the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 2 Odds

All NBA gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Tuesday, April 19, at 3 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Bucks (-550), Bulls (+400)
  • Spread: Bucks -10 (-110), Bulls +10 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 225 (-110) / Under 225 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Milwaukee Bucks 117.5, Chicago Bulls 107.5

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Bucks vs Bulls Game 2 Prediction

The Bucks have been a dominant home team, posting a 28-14 record (including Sunday’s win) at Fiserv Forum. However, Milwaukee has a net average point differential there of +4.3 points when factoring in all 42 games, so there’s always the potential for another relatively close outcome.

The defending champions are likely to make some adjustments after seeing Chicago alarmingly shut them down so effectively for the better part of three quarters to close out Sunday’s game.

The Bulls have their own concerns, as they saw their big three of DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic, and Zach LaVine shoot a combined 21-for-71 in Game 1. Naturally, that’s unlikely to repeat itself, considering the trio shot 47.3%, 42.2% and 45.2%, respectively, against Milwaukee during the regular season.

Nevertheless, Chicago is now averaging just 108.5 points per road game and has scored 106 points or fewer in four of five meetings with Milwaukee since the start of the regular season. Therefore, while there will likely be offensive improvement from both teams, Game 2 projects as another lower-scoring affair with perhaps a similar margin of victory for the hosts.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 2 Score Pick

Bucks 113, Bulls 104

There’s room for both teams to improve on their poor offensive showings from Game 1 and still have this game qualify as tilting a bit more toward defense. That’s what I’m envisioning, as represented by my score prediction.

The Bucks are once again favored by 10 points, yet following the seven-point Game 1 victory, Milwaukee is now just 14-24 ATS as a home favorite with a net ATS +/- of -3.7 points in that split.

Granted, Chicago is just 8-15 against the number as a road underdog in its own right; however, their own net ATS +/- of -3.7 points in that split supports the notion they can keep a loss under double digits, especially considering their three stars almost have to shoot appreciably better.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 2 Best Bets

Bulls Cover +10 Spread (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Bulls have managed to keep things close against the Bucks in three of the five meetings between the teams since the start of the regular season, losing those contests by margins of four, six, and Sunday’s seven points.

The Bucks’ track record as home favorites against the spread is far from stellar as already noted, and given the intensity of playoff basketball and the fact both teams are on equal rest since the end of the regular season, I look for Chicago to keep things competitive enough to escape with a cover.

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-110

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UNDER 225 Total Points (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

While I expect better shooting from both clubs in Game 2, this is still an elevated total. As outlined in my score prediction, there is room for double-digit improvement in each team’s Game 1 scoring totals to still allow the Under to hit comfortably.



The Under is also 23-18-1 in the Bulls’ road games since the start of the regular season and 21-21 in the Bucks’ home games.

over-under

-110

Bucks vs Bulls: UNDER 225 Pts

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Bucks vs Bulls Game 2 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+349)

  • Bucks Moneyline
  • Khris Middleton Over 5.5 Assists
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo Over 12.5 Rebounds 

Bucks vs Bulls Game 2 SGP

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Bucks moneyline naturally costs a pretty penny as a straight bet, but one way to still wager on it and get a great price to boot is through this parlay. Khris Middleton notched six assists in Game 1 and averaged 6.0 per game against the Bulls during the regular season as well. Chicago has also yielded just under 25 assists per road game since the start of the season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo hauled in 16 rebounds in Game 1 with poor shooting galore on both teams, but he should still be in good shape to get to at least 13 even if each squad is sharper from the field. He also recorded a 17-rebound effort versus the Bulls during the regular season and fell just short of the 12.5 benchmark with a 12-rebound tally in another game against Chicago.

Factoring in Game 1, he’s recorded at least 13 boards on 29 occasions since the start of the season.

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+349

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The Chicago Bulls are looking to start anew in the first round after a dismal finish to the season that saw them go 8-15 after the All-Star break. The Bulls also lost all four meetings with the Bucks during the regular season, dropping the last two in the series by 28 and 21 points.

The defending champion Bucks picked up steam after an uneven beginning to the season and finished with 45 wins in their last 68 games after a 6-8 start. Milwaukee is back to full health in terms of key players after Brook Lopez missed a significant chunk of the season with a back injury.

Will the Bucks continue their domination of the Bulls and pull another first-round sweep, as they did last year against the Heat? Here are our picks and predictions for the first game of the NBA Playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 1 Odds

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  • Moneyline: Milwaukee Bucks (-550), Chicago Bulls (+400)
  • Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -10 (-110), Chicago Bulls +10 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 229.5 (-110) / Under 229.5 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Bucks 119.75, Bulls 109.75

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Bucks vs Bulls Game 1 Prediction

By season’s end, the Bucks were striking a close resemblance to last year’s championship squad, especially at home. Milwaukee finished the regular season with a 27-14 mark straight-up at Fiserv Forum, along with a No. 10 offensive rating (114.1) and No. 13 defensive rating (110.2).

Milwaukee was even better against Eastern Conference foes there, sporting a 19-7 mark, No. 5 offensive rating (115.5), and No. 8 defensive rating (108.6) in that split.

In turn, the Bulls were only 19-22 on the road and produced a middling No. 18 offensive rating (110.0) and No. 20 defensive rating (113.3) when traveling. They also lost the second game at Fiserv this season by 28 points, despite the fact that Milwaukee played that game without Khris Middleton.

I don’t see any hope for the Bulls in this series overall, and virtually none in Game 1 in front of what should be an emotionally charged crowd.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 1 Score Pick

Bucks 120, Bulls 106

In addition to what is a deeper roster overall, the Bucks have the intangible of confidence on their side following last year’s title win and their domination of the Bulls this season. Milwaukee’s home-floor edge is also one of the league’s best, especially against teams they know well from their own division.

The Bulls averaged over five points fewer per game on the road (109.2) than at home (114.2) and gave up a robust 112.2 per away contest as well. They did play Milwaukee tough in the first two matchups of the season, but both clubs were at different stages personnel-wise and overall at that point.

Going by what each team showed us during the post-All-Star-break portion of the season, I see a comfortable series-opening victory for the Bucks.

Bucks vs Bulls Game 1 Best Bets

Bucks Cover -10 Spread (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

In line with my predictions above, I see a fairly easy double-digit win for the Bucks by evening’s end.

Milwaukee was actually just 14-23 ATS as home favorites this season with a net margin of victory of 4.8 points in that split, but they already demonstrated the ability to thump the Bulls by 20-plus points twice.

Meanwhile, Chicago was just 7-15 ATS as a road underdog.

I can see the Bulls putting up a fight early in the second half of this game before the Bucks pull away, but I can also envision Milwaukee getting off to a fast start and never looking back. In either scenario, I back a win of at least 11 points for the home team, making this our NBA bet of the day.

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-110

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Bucks Over 120.5 Points (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Bucks are refreshed after nearly a week off and scored 118 points or more in their last three games against the Bulls this season. Milwaukee also averaged 115.3 points per game at home, the fifth-highest figure in the league, and the Bucks totaled at least 121 points on 10 occasions alone following the All-Star-break.



The Bulls were a more vulnerable defensive team on the road as noted earlier, and they had no real answer for any of the Bucks’ big three, who all shot 48.9 percent or better against them this past season.

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-110

Bucks: OVER 120.5 Pts vs Bulls

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Bucks vs Bulls Game 1 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay: Bucks -10 + Khris Middleton Over 5.5 Assists (+310)

  • Bucks Cover -10 Spread (-110)
  • Khris Middleton OVER 5.5 Assists (+110)

WAGER: 1 Unit 

Bucks vs Bulls Game 1 SGP

Middleton averaged 6.0 assists in three games against the Bulls this season and put up 5.4 per game for the season, tying his career high. He recorded at least six dimes in 28 games overall this regular season, with 16 of those coming at home.

Chicago also allowed an elevated 47.3 percent shooting on the road, furthering Middleton’s case.

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+310

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After sweeping the Bulls over four games during the season, the Bucks now meet their Central Division rival in the opening round of the playoffs. Last summer, the eventual NBA champions executed a four-game sweep of the reigning Eastern Conference champs, the Miami Heat, in the first round.

Chicago also comes into the series with a notable lack of momentum, and potentially, confidence. The Bulls went just 8-15 after the All-Star break, and despite the start of the playoffs essentially serving as a reset, Billy Donovan’s club is a heavy underdog in both Game 1 and the series against this Milwaukee squad.

Bucks vs Bulls Odds

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  • Series Winner: Bucks (-1100), Bulls (+700)

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Bucks vs Bulls Series Prediction

The Bulls were able to forge a 15-win improvement over last season, with the additions of Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan playing an integral part. However, Ball last took the floor January 14 and will not return this postseason.

DeRozan, meanwhile, was the team MVP, putting up a career-high 27.9 points per game on 50.4% shooting, including a career-best 35.2% from three-point range.

Chicago sputtered badly down the stretch and went just 19-22 straight-up on the road for the season. The Bulls also consistently had trouble beating quality teams, especially over the last few weeks.

Meanwhile, the Bucks were once again mostly dominant at Fiserv Forum, going 27-14 on their home floor. They’re at full strength coming into the series as well, even getting Brook Lopez back down the stretch of the season.

Coupled with Bobby Portis, Milwaukee boasts a pair of high-quality big men that serve as ideal complements to Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Bucks vs Bulls Series Pick

Bucks in 5 games

It’s tempting to call for a first-round sweep, but Donovan is a very good coach, and the Bulls have enough weapons to at least scratch out a win at home in the series. However, I don’t see Chicago making any further inroads.

The Bucks are simply too strong at home, and they wield the tremendous confidence that only comes with being the reigning NBA champions.

Bucks vs Bulls Best Bets

Series Correct Score: Bucks 4-1 (+180)

WAGER: 1 Unit

I envision the Bucks taking the series in 5 games. Chicago was a good home team this season, posting a 27-14 record that matched Milwaukee’s at Fiserv. The Bulls also played the Bucks close in two of their four meetings this season, including a home game they dropped by just six points.

Even so, I can’t see more than one win in the cards for them.

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+180

Bucks Defeat Bulls 4-1

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Series To End In Exactly 4 Games (+230)

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Milwaukee is certainly capable of running off another four consecutive wins against a team they know well, especially if they demoralize their opponent with two big wins at Fiserv to start.

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+230

Bucks vs Bulls: Series To End In 4 Games

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