Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks
The Chicago Bulls are 3-point road favorites tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks.Â The over/under total for the game is 182.Â Tonight is the Bulls first game of a five game road trip.
The Chicago Bulls are 39-17 overall and 34-22 against the spread.Â After the all-star break they lost in their first game back 118-133 as 8-point favorites to lowly Toronto on Wednesday. It was the second-most points Chicago has let up this season. Big man Joakim Noah returned after missing 30 games with a thumb injury. He showed his value with 16 rebounds in 25 minutes, but the Bulls got caught looking forward to their game the next night verse the Miami Heat.Â The next night the Chicago Bulls surprised the Miami Heat by beating them 93-89 as 3-point road underdogs. The 182 combined points scored went der the 192-point total. The er was 4-0 in Chicagos previous four.Â Chicago has now won five of their last six games, winning their last four before the all-star break.Â The Bulls are an excellent home team as they are 26-4 overall but on the road they are only 13-13.
The Milwaukee Bucks are 22-35 overall and 27-30 against the spread.Â The Bucks are starting a four game home stand tonight.Â The Bucks are 1-1 since the all-star break.Â They beat Minnesota on Tuesday night, 94-88 as eight-point home favorites. Starting point guard Brandon Jennings had 27 points and Corey Maggette added 20 off the bench. Milwaukee had a back-to-back at the Knicks on Wednesday and it was made infinitely harder by the debut of New York forward Carmelo Anthony. The former Nugget had 27 points in front of the raucous crowd. The Bucks John Salmons had 27 of his own and they at least vered the 7-points in the 114-108 loss. The 222 combined points scored went way er the 199-point total. It was Milwaukees highest output in regulation since January 8, and the der was 9-1 in its previous 10 games.Â The Bucks are 14-13 at home this year and have a 12-15 record against the spread.Â The der is 19-8 in Bucks home games this year.
Both meeting this year between these two teams were played in Chicago.Â Chicago won and covered in both.Â Despite this game being played in Milwaukee I believe the results will be the same.Â I am laying the 3 points and taking the Bulls tonight.
Chicago Bulls -3 Milwaukee Bucks