The Chicago Bulls will travel 90 miles to play the Milwaukee Bucks at 8 p.m. EST on Friday. The Bulls enter this game as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 28-15 record. They are coming off of a 117-104 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. That win stopped a four-game losing streak dead in its tracks after they previously fell to the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, and Memphis Grizzlies. For the Bucks, they are ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 28-19 record. Milwaukee has split their last four games with two wins over the Warriors and Grizzlies. Milwaukee took down Memphis, 126-114, on Wednesday.
How The Chicago Bulls Can Win:
Happy Friday. We’re in Milwaukee tonight.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 21, 2022
The Bulls were not expected by many people to be at the top of the East this late in the season. Despite their success, injuries have played a role in their season. Point guard Lonzo Ball will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after he underwent knee surgery to repair a small tear in his left meniscus. The Bulls will need point guard Coby White to carry the offense in Ball’s absence. White averages 12.7 points per game and 2.5 assists per game.
In order to beat the Bucks on the road, small forward DeMar DeRozan needs to lead the Bulls in scoring, as he paces the team with 25.7 points per game. DeRozan has been the difference-maker for the Bulls this season and they will need him to have a dazzling performance tonight. The Bulls are also missing shooting guard Zach LaVine, so the pressure will rest on the shoulders of DeRozan, White, and Nikola Vucevic.
How The Milwaukee Bucks Can Win:
Khris is averaging 24.9 ppg over his last 8 games.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 21, 2022
The Milwaukee Bucks have cooled off as of late, but they are still in the mix to finish atop the Eastern Conference with 35 games left in the season. To get past the Bulls, the Bucks will need their three-headed monster of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday to perform at a high level. Antetokounmpo is having another MVP-caliber season with an average of 28.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists. Expect Antentokounmpo and Holiday to be matched up on DeRozan and White defensively. DeRozan will test the Bucks’ defense and they will need to make sure that the rest of the Bulls are kept in check.
The Spread Via FanDuel:
Moneyline: CHI: (+385) | MIL: (-500)
Spread: CHI: +11 (-114) | MIL: -11 (-106)
Final Prediction: Chicago Bulls 119, Milwaukee Bucks 112