I advise a cautious approach to betting with the All-Star break on deck, but there are a few situational elements at play here that make me confident in backing the Bucks tonight in Chicago.
Bucks vs. Bulls Betting Odds
*Lines accurate at the time of publication
Bucks vs. Bulls Best Bets
Bucks -7.5 (-110, FanDuel)
First, the Bulls have had the Bucks’ number this season, winning both matchups after Milwaukee eliminated the Bulls from last season’s opening round of the playoffs. The Bucks also enter this one on an 11-game winning streak and surely want to carry this momentum into the break as they chase down Boston for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee’s latest win was against Boston on Tuesday night, a 131-125 overtime win against Boston’s bench. A win is a win, but the Bucks couldn’t have been happy with their performance considering they needed overtime to take down the Celtics, who were without Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Al Horford in that contest. With the Bucks healthy for this one, I anticipate a heightened level of focus to ensure that they carry this streak into the break.
They get the benefit of catching the Bulls in the midst of a tailspin, losers of five straight and likely without De’Marr DeRozan, who scored 36 and 42 points in the first two meetings with Milwaukee earlier this season.
Risk: 1.1 units on FanDuel to win 1 unit. (Playable to -115)
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