Bulls vs. Bucks Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Milwaukee is a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 212 points.
Chicago comes in with a 10-22 overall record and 18-13-1 ATS after a 117-92 loss at the Celtics. Milwaukee is 17-14 overall and 12-14-5 ATS following a 111-106 loss at the Hornets. The Bulls won the first meeting this season by a count of 115-109 on Dec. 15 in Milwaukee. The Bucks are 3-2 straight up and 3-2 ATS in five meetings since the start of last season. The over is 3-2.
In the loss at Boston, Bobby Portis led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Justin Holiday added 12 points, five rebounds and two steals. Lauri Markkanen contributed 12 points and five rebounds. Chicago trailed by two at halftime and was then outscored 38-18 in the third quarter.
Khris Middleton paced Milwaukee with 31 points, five rebounds and four assists in the win at Charlotte. John Henson had 16 points and five boards. Eric Bledsoe added 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The Bucks were outscored 30-21 at halftime. Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the game with a sore knee, but is probable to play tonight.
Chicago is 15-6 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Milwaukee. Chicago is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games overall.
Chicago went on a roll after the return of Nikola Mirotic from his facial injury, winning seven in a row. But the Bulls have finally hit the skids, dropping a pair of games to tough opponents on the road in Cleveland and Boston. The Bulls only lost by three at the Cavs before being blown out by the Celtics. Milwaukee has been up-and-down, but the last loss can be attributed to the absence of Antetokounmpo. With him back in the fold, don't expect Chicago to have an answer. Take the Bucks to cover at home.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MILWAUKEE BUCKS -6.5