The Milwaukee Bucks (41-14) look to lengthen their five-game road winning streak when they square off against the Chicago Bulls (13-43), who will try to snap their 10-game home losing streak. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, February 11, 2019, and it can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls Odds Preview
The Bucks were blown out by the Orlando Magic in their last outing, 103-83, despite being 6.5-point favorites. Eric Bledsoe put together a good game for Milwaukee, leading both teams in scoring with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Orlando held the Bucks to an effective field goal percentage of 0.358 (below their season average of 0.557). Milwaukee, on the other hand, did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (15-18; 83.3 percent). The two teams combined to put up 186 points, which was well under the projected point total of 223.
In the Bulls’ previous matchup, they were topped by the Washington Wizards, 134-125, and were not able to cover as 2-point underdogs. With 20 points and 11 rebounds, Lauri Markkanen put together a good performance for Chicago. Washington was lights out from beyond the arc (12-27; 44.4 percent). Chicago, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.8 (above their season average of 18.1). The two squads combined to record 259 points, which came in well over the O/U total of 227.
Chicago might struggle to put up points as they square off against one of the NBA’s best defenses. Milwaukee ranks first in defensive efficiency while the Bulls rank 30th in offensive efficiency.
Of Milwaukee’s 55 games, 29 have finished under the O/U total, while 32 of Chicago’s 56 games have finished under the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Bucks have a substantial advantage. They are 41-14 SU and 32-21-2 ATS, while the Bulls are 13-43 SU and 24-30-2 ATS.
These two teams have already met twice this year, with the Bucks winning both. In the most recent game, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 36 points and the Bucks beat the Bulls 116-113 but could not cover as 15-point favorites. He also had 11 rebounds and eight assists. The two teams combined to score 229 points, which was just 1 points below the projected point total of 230 points. Milwaukee had a better effective field goal percentage (0.563 vs. 0.511). Chicago, on the other hand, did an excellent job of making free throws (22-29; 75.9 percent).
Bucks at Bulls Odds Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Bucks, ATS Winner – Bucks, O/U – Over
The Bucks rank seventh in assists per game (26.3) while the Bulls rank 27th (21.9).
Milwaukee ranks fourth in second chance points allowed per game (11.3) while Chicago ranks 15th (13.6).
Milwaukee ranks third in points in the paint per game (54.8) while Chicago ranks 18th (48.0).
Milwaukee ranks first in fast break points allowed per game (9.8) while Chicago ranks eighth (12.2).
Milwaukee is 15-10-2 ATS on the road with 15 unders and 12 overs.
Chicago is 10-17 ATS at home with 17 unders and 10 overs.
In games where they hold opponents below 100 points, Milwaukee is 13-1 and Chicago is 8-5.
In games where they reach 100 points, the Bulls are 9-26 and the Bucks are 41-10.
The Bucks rank second in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.4) while the Bulls rank 13th (16.9).
Milwaukee ranks second in three pointers attempted per game (37.5) while Chicago ranks 27th (26.7).
The Bucks rank first in rebounds per game (48.8) while the Bulls rank 26th (42.0).
The Bucks rank second in steals allowed per game (6.8) while the Bulls rank 12th (7.5).
Milwaukee ranks second in blocks per game (6.0) while Chicago ranks 24th (4.5).
Chicago is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Over its past five games, Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Bulls have outscored opponents by an average of 2.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Chicago has lost by an average of 8.7 points.
During their last five games, the Bucks have scored an average of 119.4 points per game (2.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 109.6 points per game (2.1 above their season average).