Bucks vs. Bulls Betting Forecast For Game 3

by | Apr 22, 2022 | nba

Milwaukee Bucks (52-32 SU, 39-45-0 ATS) vs. Chicago Bulls (47-37 SU, 44-39-1 ATS)

When: Friday April 22 2022, 08:30 PM (ET)

Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

TV: BSWI

Point Spread: MIL -2/CHI +2 (Opened MIL -2 at MyBookie - Get a 100% real cash bonus up to $300 when you use promo code PREDICT100)

Total: 223 (Opened at 223.5)

Money Line: Milwaukee -140/Chicago +120

Power Rating: MIL -2

Probable Starting Lineups

Chicago Bulls PG Alex Caruso, SG Zach LaVine, SF DeMar DeRozan, PF Patrick Williams, C Nikola Vucevic

Milwaukee Bucks PG Jrue Holiday, SG Wesley Matthews, SF Grayson Allen, PF Giannis Antetokounmpo, C Brook Lopez

Key Injuries

Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton: Knee (OUT)
Bobby Portis: Eye (QUESTIONABLE)
George Hill: Abdominal (QUESTIONABLE)

Chicago Bulls
Matt Thomas: Leg (OUT)
Lonzo Ball: Knee (OUT)

The Chicago Bulls host the Milwaukee Bucks in an Eastern-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 08:30 PM ET at the United Center.

Recent Form

The Milwaukee Bucks come into this game with an overall record of 51-31, placing them 3rd in the Eastern Conference. So far, Milwaukee is above .500 on the road, holding a record of 24-17. Over their last five games, the Bucks have played well, picking up 3 wins. In this stretch, Milwaukee’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 115.0 points per game. Combined, the Bucks’ last five opponents are giving up 109.0 points per contest. The Bucks have been picking up wins, while holding opponents to an average of 111.0 points per game, similar to their season average of 111.8.

The Chicago Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 46-36, placing them 6th in the Eastern Conference. So far, Chicago is above .500 at home, holding a record of 27-14. Over the Bulls’ last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. In this stretch, Chicago’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 107.0 points per game. Combined, the Bulls’ last five opponents are giving up 111.0 points per contest. In this recent cold stretch, the Bulls are allowing an average of 115.0 points per game, similar to their usual rate of 111.8. In game 2 of this series, Chicago picked up the 114-110.

Individual Player Analysis

As Milwaukee travels to take on the Chicago Bulls, the Bucks’ leading scorer is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Through 68 games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 29 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 50.0% of his games. So far, the Bulls are allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 50.0% of their games, placing them 17th among NBA defenses. On the other side, DeMar DeRozan leads the Bulls in scoring, averaging 27 points across his 76 games. Throughout the season, DeRozan has outscored his season average in 51.0% of his outings. On the season, the Bucks have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 49.18% of their games, giving them a rank of 13th among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

Heading into this matchup, the Milwaukee Bucks are the more efficient team on both ends of the court. This scenario has taken place in 21 of Milwaukee’s 41 games, leading to a winning percentage of 81%. So far, the Chicago Bulls have played 53 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 53 times, by an average margin of -14.0 points.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls have met up for 6 games. In their last meeting, Chicago picked up a 114-110 win.

How the Public is Betting the Bucks vs Bulls

67% are betting the Bulls against the spread.

52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 223

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Bucks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a road favorite.
  • Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
  • Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
  • Bulls are 23-49 ATS in their last 72 games as a home underdog.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

This series between Chicago and Milwaukee took a significant turn as the Bulls pulled off an impressive upset in game 2. Backed by an outstanding 41-point performance from DeMar DeRozan, Chicago is in a position to grab the series lead, putting immense pressure on the Bucks. To make matters worse, Milwaukee will be without Khris Middleton, who suffered a sprained MCL and is likely to miss the entire series. Look for this to be a significant blow for the Bucks, as aside from Giannis Antetokoumpo and Brook Lopez, the team has been searching for consistent scoring. Despite their poor play and injury to Middleton, the Bucks are still the 2 point road favorites. Look for the Bulls to pick up the win and cover the spread, as Chicago appears to have found a defensive blueprint capable of slowing down Milwaukee’s offense. Bet your NBA playoffs picks for FREE this week by taking advantage of a 100% real cash bonus at one of the top tier bookies on our sportsbook bonuses list!