The 2022 NBA Playoffs continue with the Eastern Conference first-round battle from Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, so we have prepared the best Bulls vs. Bucks betting pick along with the latest odds update on MyBookie Sportsbook.
The Bucks host the Bulls for Game 2, opening as huge 10-point favorites with a total of 225.0 points. Milwaukee beat Chicago 93-86 in Game 1 this past Sunday and failed to cover a 10.5-point spread in front of the home fans.
The Bulls desperately need more from their offense
The Chicago Bulls (46-37; 43-39-1 ATS) nearly overcame a 16-point deficit in the opener. They made it a one-point game with just 1:36 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, but the Bulls couldn’t find a way to score a single point down the stretch.
Chicago had an awful shooting night in Game 1. The Bulls made 32.3% of their field goals and 18.9% of their 3-pointers (7-for-37). At least, the Bulls turned the ball over only 11 times while posting 16 offensive rebounds.
Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds, but he shot just 9-for-27 from the field. DeMar DeRozan went terrible 6-for-25, while Zach LaVine went 6-for-19. Both DeRozan and LaVine finished the game with 18 points.
The Bucks shut down the Bulls
The Milwaukee Bucks (52-31; 39-44 ATS) extended their dominance over the Bulls thanks to their mighty defense. They forced Chicago into a ton of tough shots to record their 17th victory in the last 18 encounters with the Bulls.
On the other side of the ball, the Bucks shot 40.5% from the field, 26.3% from beyond the 3-point line (10-for-38), and 65.2% from the charity stripe. They need to improve offensively, especially after committing 21 turnovers in the opener.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the reigning champions with 27 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, and a couple of blocks. Brook Lopez accounted for 18 points, five boards, and two swats, while Khris Middleton added 11 points on a poor 4-for-13 shooting from the field.
- 2-6 ATS in the last eight games played in April
- 1-4 ATS in the last five playoff games
- 12-6 ATS in the last 18 games against Chicago
- 4-1 ATS in the last five playoff games
Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks Pick
The Bucks arguably possess more depth than the Bulls. They are also a better defensive team than Chicago, as the Bulls finished the regular season with the ninth-worst defensive rating in the NBA (113.6 points allowed per 100 possessions).
Milwaukee swept its four-game regular-season series against Chicago, covering three times in the process. Two of those four wins have come by 20-plus points, so I’m going with the Bucks to grab another victory over the Bulls and, hopefully, cover a double-digit spread. Chicago will have a difficult task coping with the Bucks’ length and aggressiveness.
Pick: Take Milwaukee Bucks -10.0 at -110
The under is 7-2 in the last nine encounters between the Bulls and Bucks, but four of their last six meetings have produced 224 or more points in the total. I’m not expecting a low-scoring affair like we saw last Sunday in Game 1. The Bulls’ defense is questionable, and the Bucks love to push the ball in transition.
Chicago records 98.3 possessions per 48 minutes (15th in the NBA). On the other side, Milwaukee registers 99.9 possessions per 48 minutes (7th). The Bulls couldn’t slow down the Bucks in the opener, but both teams enjoyed a horrible shooting night. Pick: Go over 225.0 points at -110