On Thursday night, the Milwaukee Bucks put the NBA’s longest active winning streak on the line. Milwaukee’s Bucks, who are 40-17 overall this year, will take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Chicago is playing on the second night of a back-to-back series, making its lineup report unclear, though the Bulls hold a 2-0 record versus the Bucks this year.
The Bucks’ offense has begun to heat up after a somewhat slow start to the season by their own standards, especially on the road. Milwaukee hasn’t really wavered from their defensive identity throughout the season, but up until recently, they had trouble scoring effectively. Khris Middleton’s full-time comeback on January 22 is largely to blame for this shift in offensive identity. Middleton had missed all but seven games up to that moment.
The Bucks were 8-12-3 ATS and had the worst road Offensive Rating in the league (107), before Middleton’s return. The Bucks, though, have changed drastically since then, going 5-0 ATS away from Fiserv Forum and ranking second in the NBA in road Offensive Rating (125.2), just behind the Portland Trail Blazers (128.2).
This season, the Bulls have had success against the Bucks, going 2-0 both straight up and against the spread. Unfortunately, at this stage in the season, the Bulls are in a difficult situation. Chicago has lost five straight games and failed to cover in each of those losses.
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The Bulls’ Net Rating during that run is -9.1, which is the fourth-worst in the league. On top of that, their Net Rating is the highest among clubs that are now on the verge of folding, including the Rockets, Spurs, and Pistons.
DeMar DeRozan did not travel to Indiana with the team and is questionable for Thursday’s game due to a Grade 1 thigh injury. Despite the fact that it doesn’t appear to be a serious injury, Billy Donovan and the Bulls might decide to rest DeRozan in the final game before the All-Star break in order to prevent further injury and give him more time to recover.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls Game Information
- Date: 02/16/2023
- Time: 07:30 PM ET
- Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
- How to Watch Bucks vs Bulls: TNT
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Bucks vs Bulls Betting Lines
Bucks are -330 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $30. On the other side, Bulls are +270 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $270.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Bucks at a 76.74% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Bulls have 27.03% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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