Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks
The Chicago Bulls look to continue their dominance over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. The Bulls are -12.5 point favorites over the Bucks with an over/under point total set at 188.5.
Bulls fans finally got to see their reigning MVP in action again on Monday night as Derrick Rose made his return from injury to lead the Bulls past the visiting Atlanta Hawks 90-79. Rose, who has missed the previous five games with a back injury, led the way with a game high 23 points as Chicago opened up a 18 point advantage at the first break. The Bucks on the other hand continue to struggle as they fell to Orlando 93-90 at home on Monday, which was their fifth defeat in their last six outings.
Derrick Rose scored 26 points and dished out 13 assists to guide the Bulls to a comfortable 113-90 victory over the Bucks in the first meeting of the season in Milwaukee. Chicago jumped out of the gates to lead 30-16 at the end of the first quarter, and then extended their lead in the second quarter to 24 points, which proved to be the difference in the game. Drew Gooden top scored for the home side with 24 points, although the Bucks struggled from the field all night long as they connected on just 38% of their shots, which included going 1-12 from beyond the arc.
Head to head, the Bucks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings, while the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite of 11.0 or greater. The Bucks on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog of 11.0 or greater, but just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Bulls did crush the Bucks in the first meeting of the season, however they had only beaten Milwaukee by double digits only once in their previous nine meetings. While the Bucks do have some quality big men out, this team can play and they have actually won six of their last nine away from home, after losing their first eight of the season. The Bulls win, but the gritty Bucks cover here.
Milwaukee Bucks +12.5 Chicago Bulls