Tonight marks the first regular season matchup for the Milwaukee Bucks inside the United Center as they square off against the Chicago Bulls for the second time in four days. That means Robin Lopez will see his old pal Benny The Bull for the first time in the regular season. Here’s how their first meeting went in a preseason game.
Dear Robin...@rolopez42 pic.twitter.com/32K3iETprB— Benny (@bennythebull) October 8, 2019
I bet Robin Lopez takes the gloves off tonight.
The Bucks took it to the Indiana Pacers 102-83 on Saturday in Indiana.
Giannis Antetokounmpo needed only 28 minutes to put up 26 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists. He made 10-of-17 shots from the floor and 3-of-6 three-point attempts and continues to show an improved stroke from deep. Four other Bucks players scored in double-figures to help the Bucks blow the game open in the fourth quarter.
The Bucks defeated the Bulls 124-115 last Thursday at home as the visitors were able to keep pace with some white-hot three-point shooting. Coby White scored a team-high 26 points while making six three-pointers. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe combined to score 69 points against a Bulls defense that did not provide much resistance inside.
The Bucks have not released an injury report for tonight, but will presumably have all key contributors available aside from Khris Middleton who continues to nurse a leg injury.
Player To Watch: Donte DiVincenzo
He’s coming off a 14 point performance against the Pacers this weekend, and is starting to find a rhythm with the starting unit. Tonight provides Donte another opportunity to keep the good times rolling and find some redemption for his flop as a first-time starter last week against the Bulls.
The Bulls lost their last contest to the Brooklyn Nets 117-111 at home.
Zach LaVine dropped a game-high 36 points in 32 minutes. Chicago shot 35.2% from the floor and 23.1% from downtown...oof. They continue to run under Jim Boylen and defend at a league average rate, but they’ve been an absolutely putrid offensive team. Zach Lowe mentioned how the Bulls have been getting decent shots, but not converting. Milwaukee must’ve been the outlier last week.
Chicago will be without Luke Kornet, Cristiano Felicio, and Otto Porter Jr.
Player To Watch: Zach LaVine
He might not have the best shot-selection in the world, but he is a fun player to watch. He is a microwave scorer who can get going at any second and will need to do a little more to help keep pace with the Bucks.
Game 13: Against Chicago, the Bucks will...
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