Bulls vs. Bucks Pick
Should the Milwaukee Bucks have any problems with the Chicago Bulls when the two meet up tonight at 2PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Milwaukee is favored at home, as the Bucks are getting odds of -8.5 points against the Bulls. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 206.5 points. The road team has won three straight between these two and has covered the spread in those three games. Tonight’s contest takes place from the BHO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
After a 3-20 start to the season, the Bulls have now won four straight to get to 7-20 on the year. Chicago has also covered the spread in five straight games to get to 14-12-1 against the spread on the season. The Bulls are averaging just 97.6 points per game on offense while allowing 105.7 per game. On the road, Chicago is allowing 110.6 points per game. Nikola Mirotic has sparked the team in his return, averaging 19.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Lauri Markkanen is adding 14.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest, but he is questionable tonight with a back injury that has forced him to miss the last two contests.
Milwaukee saw a three-game win streak come to an end on Wednesday in a 115-108 loss at New Orleans. The Bucks are now 15-11 on the season. They are just 1-3-2 against the spread in their last six and 10-12-4 ATS on the season. Milwaukee is putting up 104 points per game on offense while giving up 104.2 per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the team with 29.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Khris Middleton is adding 19.9 points per game.
The Bulls have become a new team with the addition of Mirotic back in the lineup. I think Chicago has a lot of confidence right now and should be ready to put up a fight against this Milwaukee team that is actually scoring less at home. Chicago is 14-6 against the spread in its last 20 trips to Milwaukee as well. The public betting siding with the Bucks, but I expect Chicago to do enough to cover.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CHICAGO BULLS +8.5