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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls Preview: Round two moves to the Windy City

Bucks look to improve to 2-0 against Chicago

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The Milwaukee Bucks will end their quick two-game road trip in the Windy City, as they will take on the Chicago Bulls at 7:00 PM CST. This will be the second time these I-94 rivals will face off in the regular season, with the Bucks coming out on top 118-109 on November 13.

Where We’re At

Since the Bucks' 5-4 start, they have won eight of their last nine, including their last three games in a row. All three of those games have been within one possession in the final two minutes. It took Giannis and Dame free throws to put away the Washington Wizards on Nov. 24, then a 26-point comeback on Sunday against the Trail Blazers on Sunday, before finishing their In-Season Tournament group play 4-0 with a win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday. Antetokoumpo and Lillard are finding their stride together over the last five games, with The Greek Freak averaging 32 points and 12.2 rebounds, while Dame is averaging 28.6 points, seven assists, and shooting 38.1% from the three-point line.

It has been a season to forget for the Bulls. They sit at 5-14 start and are in the midst of a five-game losing streak. This season has been plagued by multiple blown leads, including a 21-point first-half lead to the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 26. Then on Tuesday, the Bulls went into Boston and lost to the Celtics by 27 points, 124-97. Former All-Star center Nikola Vucevic is having one of his worst seasons statistically. He’s putting up his lowest-scoring average since the 2016 season at 15.6 points while shooting 46% from the field (the 2nd worst rate of his career) and an abysmal 25% from the three-point line. Then there is the Zach LaVine situation. While on the court he’s looked fine offensively, leading the Bulls in scoring at 22.1 points per game on just below league-average shooting percentages (45.4% from the field and 34.4% from the three-point line, it’s off the court where the issues lie. Just two weeks ago, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Bulls and LaVine would be open to a trade. Things weren’t perfect between LaVine and Chicago, as after the Bulls off a miraculous comeback over the Miami Heat on Nov. 18 in which they trailed 22-1 in the first, LaVine walked off the floor without speaking to the media.

Injury Report

Pat Connaughton is out with the right ankle sprain he suffered against the Heat on Tuesday. Jae Crowder is also still out while he recovers from surgery to repair his left adductor.

The Bulls' injury report is filled up with three of their most important players, as Zach LaVine (right foot soreness), DeMar DeRozan (left ankle sprain), and Alex Caruso (left toe strain) are all listed as questionable. Lonzo Ball is also still out as he recovers from his left knee surgery.

Player To Watch

Despite a rough first three quarters against the Blazers, Bobby Portis came up big in the fourth quarter with 10 of his 12 points to help the Bucks pull off the comeback. The former Bulls first-round pick also has a strong track record in his career against Chicago. In 16 career games, Portis is averaging 14.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists against the Bulls. Portis has had three straight double-doubles, including a 19-point and 10-rebound performance in the last matchup.

How To Watch

Bally Sports WI at 7:00 PM CST.


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