Off First Home Loss, Bucks Will Go Through, Over & Around Bulls Friday

Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:07 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 7:07 PM UTC

It’s a national TV NBA game on Friday night from Milwaukee as the neighboring Bulls and Bucks meet for the first time this season. What's the best bet at

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Chicago (4-11 SU, 8-7 ATS) at Milwaukee (10-4, 8-5-1 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Friday, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Bucks ATS</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569993, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,999991,19,169,238], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The shortest road trip in the NBA? If you don’t include the two New York or Los Angeles teams visiting one another (the Lakers and Clippers play in the same building), that would be Bulls &amp; Bucks. Chicago makes the 90-mile drive or so north to face Milwaukee for the first time this season, meaning also the team’s first look at the Bucks’ new Fiserv Forum. Oddly on a busy night around the NBA, <a href="" rel="nofollow">this 9:30 p.m. ET start time (on ESPN) is the latest of the night. </a>No West Coast games.</p><p>Chicago and Milwaukee split four games last year about as weirdly as possible: Each team was 0-2 at home. The Bulls have won three straight in Wisconsin and the Bucks four in a row in the Windy City.</p><p>Giannis Antetokounmpo played in three of the four last season and averaged 28.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Khris Middleton played in all four and averaged 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Nikola Mirotic led the Bulls vs. the Bucks in averaging 18.7 points in three games, but he’s long gone. Kris Dunn put up 18.5 ppg and 9.5 apg, but he’s hurt.</p><p>As recently as the 2006-07 season, the all-time series was tied 98-98 between these teams. Since, Chicago leads 27-15.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;On tonight's &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#BucksFastbreak&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@stevenovak16&lt;/a&gt; says former &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Bucks&lt;/a&gt; star Jabari Parker will be looking to put on a show on Friday in his return to Milwaukee &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— FOX Sports Wisconsin (@fswisconsin) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;November 15, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Bulls Very Shorthanded</h2><p>Perhaps no team has been hit harder by injuries than the rebuilding Bulls as they remain without their starting point guard in Dunn (left MCL sprain), starting power forward and last year’s rookie sensation Lauri Markkanen (right elbow sprain), and two key reserves in Bobby Portis (right MCL sprain) and Denzel Valentine (left ankle sprain).</p><p>Dunn played just one game before going down and Portis four. Markkanen was originally ruled out 6-8 weeks with his injury suffered in September but now the team is saying as long as 10 weeks. Maybe he’s back by Christmas. Thus, it’s hard to know what this team is right now, other than Zach LaVine jacking up a ton of shots and among the league’s scoring leaders, former Buck Jabari Parker trying to salvage his career, and rookie big man Wendell Carter Jr. playing quite well. There’s just not much else there presently. Chicago barely showed up Wednesday in a 111-82 loss in Boston.</p><p>Milwaukee started a six-game homestand on Wednesday and was upset 116-113 by Memphis as a 9.5-point favorite. The Grizzlies’ late 15-2 run was the difference in handing the Bucks their first home loss of the year. Middleton missed a contested 3-pointer as time expired. The Bucks are shooting way more 3-pointers this season and are one of the best in the NBA but were just 9-for-35 from deep. They might have been a bit sluggish off the road trip. Rookie Donte DiVincenzo (left knee soreness) left and didn’t return. He has been averaging about 18 minutes off the bench.</p><ul> <li>Bulls are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.</li> <li>Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing record.</li></ul><p>No way the Bucks play badly a second straight at home now that they have their sea legs, so to speak. They have covered their past five after a loss, so take Milwaukee for a <a href="" rel="nofollow">Friday NBA pick</a> even on that big number. That will end a streak of the road team covering seven straight in the series.</p>
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