The CHICAGO and the MILWAUKEE will both be gunning for a victory on 11/16/2018 at 9:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
CHICAGO BULLS vs MILWAUKEE BUCKS
When: 9:30 PM ET, Friday, November 16, 2018
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
|715||CHICAGO||-13.5 (-110)||224 (-110)|
TV: 9:35 PM
PREDICTION: MILWAUKEE , CHICAGO
Oddsmakers currently have the MILWAUKEE listed as -13.5 point favorites versus the CHICAGO, while the game’s total is sitting at 224.
The Milwaukee Bucks attempt to bounce back from their first home loss of the season when they host the Chicago Bulls on Friday. The Bucks were outplayed down the stretch on Wednesday, when they suffered a 116-113 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in the opener of a six-game homestand.
Milwaukee was just 9-of-35 from 3-point range and swingman Khris Middleton missed a tying 3-point attempt as the buzzer while falling to 6-1 at home. The early-season success of the Bucks has been partially due to the team’s long-range success as Milwaukee makes an NBA-leading 14.8 3-pointers per game. The Bulls have dropped back-to-back games and Wednesday’s loss was a brutal 111-82 trouncing against the Boston Celtics that included 22 turnovers. “They came out and hit us in the mouth in the second quarter,” Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters of being outscored 32-11. “A huge thing in this league is, find a way to fight through adversity and play through tough times, and we obviously did not do that well.”
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, WGN (Chicago), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
ABOUT THE BULLS (4-11): High-scoring shooting guard Zach LaVine had just 10 points against the Celtics after scoring at least 20 in each of the first 14 games of the season. LaVine, who averages 25.9 points, was just 3-of-11 from the field, and knew his lackluster outing didn’t help matters on a night in which Boston pulled away. “We just weren’t scoring the ball,” LaVine told reporters. “We were playing really good defense, but the floodgates opened up and we couldn’t respond.”
ABOUT THE BUCKS (10-4): Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting in the loss to Memphis and topped 20 points in each of his last eight games. Antetokounmpo has four 30-point outings while averaging 25 points and is shooting 56 percent from the field despite being only 2-of-28 from 3-point range. Middleton scored 25 points against the Grizzlies and ranks fourth in the NBA with 47 3-point baskets entering Thursday’s play with teammate Brook Lopez tied for seventh with 41 makes.
1. The teams split last season’s four meetings.
2. The Bulls failed to reach 100 points in four straight games and are averaging 94.3 during the stretch.
3. Milwaukee rookie SG Donte DiVincenzo (knee) was injured Wednesday and is questionable to play versus Chicago.
PREDICTION: Bucks 121, Bulls 102