Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Bucks (7:00 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected Lineups, What to Watch For

Not-So Fun Fact: The Chicago Bulls have lost 18 of the last 20 games against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Maybe this can be the night that something changes? (*he types while sweating profusely*)

Game Info

Chicago Bulls (7-10) at Milwaukee Bucks (12-4) – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago, and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1. Ayo Dosunmu
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Patrick Williams
5. Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee)

Milwaukee Bucks

1. Jrue Holiday
2. Javon Carter
3. Grayson Allen
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo
5. Brook Lopez

Injury Report: Robert Williams III OUT (knee), Danilo Gallinari OUT (ACL)

Odds

The Bulls walk into tonight as +7.0 underdogs against the Bucks at PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook and at the FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook. Click on either link to sign up and pick the Bulls to cover (… or pick the opposite …)!

What to Watch For …

  • Let’s just say … I’m scared. The Milwaukee Bucks have had the Bulls’ number for years. Even last season when Chicago added a much more competitive roster, Milwaukee pretty much cruised to a 4-0 sweep. Then, besides one miraculous DeMar DeRozan performance in Game 2, the playoffs provided us with nothing but the same. The question now is whether or not the Bulls have finally learned from their past mistakes.
  • To beat the Bucks, you’re going to have to score the ball efficiently. The Bulls did a great job of this on Monday night against the Celtics, keeping the ball on the move in the halfcourt and knocking down their open jump shots. Role players like Ayo Dosunmu, Patrick Williams, and Alex Caruso are going to have to be ready to take advantage of the few opportunities they do get against arguably the NBA’s best defense.
  • Speaking of which, Patrick Williams played surprisingly well against Milwaukee in the playoffs. The games may have finished in blowout fashion, but Williams scored in double digits in three of the five games, including back-to-back 20-point showings in Games 4 and 5. More on Pat’s development here …
  • Zach LaVine did a good job bouncing back with a well-rounded performance on Monday. But the Bulls will need an even better version of LaVine to show up to stand a chance at taking down Giannis. Can he manage to crack 30 points for just the second time this season?
  • A lot more in here …
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    Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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