The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Chicago Bulls for a second consecutive time after a strong opening victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the defending champions imposed themselves on the playoff newcomers. They settled for a seven-point victory in Game 1, but look for a more comfortable win as they get the ball rolling.
The Bucks will try to score a second win before heading out to Chicago for Game 3. Milwaukee needs all the momentum before playing its first road game of the season. However, the persistent Bulls aim to snap the Bucks’ tempo.
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Bucks vs. Bulls Game 2 Information
- When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
- Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: Newsradio 620 WTMJ (Bucks) / 670 The Score (Bulls)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Bucks (-10) / Bulls (+10)
Why Bet on the Milwaukee Bucks?
The Bucks hold their heads up high following a win in Game 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo took the help and scored 27 points for his team while collecting 16 rebounds, and three assists. Brook Lopez was next in line with 18 points, while Jrue Holiday added 15 points to the scoresheet. It was a relatively quiet night for Khris Middleton who recorded 11 points and six assists. We expect the core players to split the workload come game night.
As a team, Milwaukee brings top-three points per game average to the table. They record 115.2 points per game in 83 games played. The Bucks are hot from all areas, presenting an impressive 36.5% two-point (eighth) and a 36.5% three-point (seventh) shooting percentage.
On the other hand, the Bucks hold up the defensive end better than the Bulls. Although Milwaukee is not the number one team when talking defense, they do enough to hold opponents to 111.8 points (16th) per game. They also document consistent shooting defense that limits teams to 45.5% shooting (tenth).
Bobby Portis and Jordan Nowra await game-time decisions for their status, while George Hill sustained an abdomen injury that could leave him out until at least April 22.
Why Bet on the Chicago Bulls?
The Bulls hope to avoid a defeat after coming up short in Game 1. Nikola Vicevic took the spotlight after scoring 24 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocks in his debut playoff game for the franchise. DeMar DeRozan followed it up with 18 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, with Zach Lavine matching his 18 points, but with two more rebounds and three fewer assists. Coby White also sparked a fire off the bench with 12 points.
What held the Bulls back was their poor shooting of just 32% from the field. Hitting seven of 37 attempts from beyond the arc also played a roadblock to the team. Despite recording solid shooting statistics through the season, the Bulls produced underwhelming numbers against the Bucks. Nevertheless, the Bulls are the better three-point shooting team on paper, hitting 36.6% of their attempts from downtown (fifth). The visitors are also the better free-throw shooters of the two, averaging 81.4% from the line versus the Bucks’ 77.4%.
Chicago has plenty of work to do on the defensive side of the ball. Although the team managed to hold a better opponent points record than the Bucks at 111.8 per game, the squad needs to improve on their shooting defense. They currently allow a 47.3% opponent shooting percentage, which needs to develop against the scoring-heavy defending champions.
Bucks vs. Bulls Betting Trends
- The Bucks are 3-2 in the last five games at Fiserv Forum (1-4 ATS).
- The Bucks are 5-0 in the last five games against the Bulls (3-2 ATS).
- The totals went under in four of the Bucks’ last five games against the Bulls.
- The Bulls are 3-2 in the last five road games (4-1 ATS).
- The Bulls are 4-6 in the last ten games (5-5 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of the Bulls’ last ten road games against the Bucks.
Bucks vs. Bulls Expert Betting Prediction
The Bulls need to address several areas to close the gaps in their Game 1 performance. The slow start cost them a lot towards the end of the game, while the Bucks are inspired after a Game 1 victory. On top of that, the latter pulled off a late win despite giving up a massive 16-point lead. The Bucks have the upper hand leading up to the game with home advantage playing to their benefit. However, the Bulls are breathing down their necks. Despite having a team with little to no playoff experience, once the squad gets to grips with the pressure, we expect a tighter game to come our way on Wednesday night.
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