Feb 28, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots during the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
It’s a marquee matchup on Friday night between the Bucks and Bulls
Chicago will be on the tail-end of a back-to-back
Find the odds, spread, preview, and betting prediction below
Friday night brings a very intriguing matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams as the Milwaukee Bucks hit the road to face DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls. The tip-off is set for 7:30pm ET at The United Center.
The Bucks head into this contest on a two-game winning streak and most recently beat the Miami Heat on Wednesday in comeback fashion. As for the Bulls, they lost their third in a row in the first game of a back-to-back on Thursday against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks.
This will be the second meeting of the campaign between Milwaukee and Chicago, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. winning 94-90 in January at Fiserv Forum.
Bucks vs Bulls Odds
Odds as of March 3rd at DraftKings.
The Bucks are a 2.5-point road favorite here.
Bucks Betting Outlook
Milwaukee might just be 38-25 on the season, but they’re really starting to come into their own lately.
Wednesday’s win over the East-leading Heat was a perfect example. The Bucks trailed by 14 points with just six minutes left in the fourth quarter and with Miami shooting the lights out, it really didn’t look like Mike Budenholzer’s squad had any chance of getting back into this game.
Jrue Holiday wins it at the death for Milwaukee, as the Bucks pull off a stunning 21-6 run to close the game. pic.twitter.com/Jju9qVrEcG
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 3, 2022
But, the Big 3 of Giannis, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton all combined for a total of 79 points, with the Greek Freak leading the way with 28. It was Holiday who played hero, driving to the cup in the final seconds of the final period and banking home a clutch layup to complete the comeback.
They say defense wins championships and Milwaukee really proved just that down the stretch, limiting the Heat to six points.
The Bucks outscored the Heat by 15 points in the final 6 minutes. pic.twitter.com/7tkWBcBTKp
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 3, 2022
The Bucks also shot the ball extremely well from downtown, draining 39% of their triples. With the Bulls in a bit of a slump, Milwaukee will be looking to take advantage on Friday. However, they’re just 16-13 on the road this season as opposed to 22-12 at home.
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Bulls Betting Outlook
The Bulls are currently in second in the East with a 39-24 record, but the squad isn’t playing very well recently.
Chicago has played the likes of Memphis and Miami across the last week and lost. To be frank, these are teams they need to beat if a deep playoff run is going to be a reality.
Derrick: 4pts/1reb pic.twitter.com/mJpbmnSE1W
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 4, 2022
Thursday night was a chance for Billy Donovan’s group to bounce back against an Atlanta team who isn’t a contender by any means, but Trae Young absolutely torched them for 39 points and 13 assists.
The Bulls actually put together a very efficient offensive performance, with both DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine dropping 22 points apiece, while three others finished in double-figures. The team also shot an impressive 54% from long range.
But, it came down to their lack of defense, especially in the second half, getting outscored 74-61.
During this current losing skid, the Bulls are getting outscored by an average of 8.3 points. DeRozan has definitely taken a step back after his torrid run where he scored 35+ in nine straight games but he did have help in Atlanta.
They just need to do a lot better at containing their opponents and Chicago will certainly be put to the test on Friday.
Bucks vs Bulls Prediction
The Bucks are looking very impressive right now and thriving on both ends. Although the Bulls are in a rut, they’re 24-9 at home and have won five of their last six at the United Center. However, Chicago fails to show up against teams over .500, going only 19-17. Take Milwaukee.
Pick: Bucks -2.5 (-110)