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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls Preview: Again?

Giannis and company take on the Lavineathan (Part 3)

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The Milwaukee Bucks host the Chicago Bulls in a(nother) Monday-night tilt, reprising a matchup from exactly four weeks ago. The Bucks came out on top in that one, but dropped a matchup down south in between, with Alex Caruso hitting a deep three to take the game into an overtime where the Bucks summarily wilted. Home-court advantage then would have the Bucks beating their ostensible rivals tonight.

Where We’re At

The Bucks are 15-7, a record that does not match the eye test. Their offense overwhelmed Julius Randle and the New York Knicks on Tuesday night to advance to Vegas for the In-Season Tournament Semi-Finals. They then astutely lost to Wisconsinite Tyrese Haliburton and the Indiana Pacers in a gloriously early game on Thursday, earning them three days off and avoiding a game that did not count in the regular season standings. Grumbling has continued apace, with Bobby Portis becoming the most recent critic of Coach Griffin. Although having two Top-75 players of all time can cover a lot of cracks, the mutiny might be starting to become less polite.

Don’t look now, but the Bulls are on a four-game winning streak, pulling them to a slightly less awful 9-14 overall. That streak started with a win against our very own Bucks, a game that featured “defense, pace, passing, and ‘vibes’” thanks to the absence of Zach Lavine and DeMar DeRozan. They proceeded to beat a meh Pelicans team before wins against the struggling Hornets and Spurs. (Side note: It strikes me as unfair that games between IST teams count the same as games between non-IST teams. The Bucks playing the Knicks and Pacers while the Bulls played the Hornets and Spurs offers a case-in-point.) Their win streak in the absence of an injured Zach Lavine is proving wonders for his trade stock. To be sure, this is still a bad team, but they are currently a particularly pernicious opponent: a bad team with hope.

Injury Report

For the Bucks, Pat Connaughton (right ankle sprain) and Jae Crowder (left adductor surgery) remain out. Chris Livingston is also questionable with a left ankle sprain.

For the Bulls, Lonzo Ball and Zach Lavine are out. Alex Caruso is questionable with a left ankle sprain and Patrick Williams is probable with left ankle soreness.

Player To Watch

I’ll go with Bobby to go off after Griffin draws up every other play for him for appeasement.

How To Watch

Bally Sports WI at 7:00 PM CST.


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