The Milwaukee Bucks have run both extremely hot and extremely cold in 2016-17. After recently winning five of six games, the Bucks proceeded to lose three in a row. Jason Kidd’s crew will try to snap the skid when they return home to face the Central Division-rival Chicago Bulls in the opener of a home-and-home set on Thursday. Oddsmakers initially tabbed the Bulls as 1-point underdogs with an OVER/UNDER of 209.5.
– Shark Bites
- The Bulls are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games on the road against the Bucks.
- The Bucks are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games against teams with winning records.
- The Bulls are 6-2 SU and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games as underdog.
The biggest reason for the Bucks’ issues has been a lapse on the defensive end, as Milwaukee allowed Toronto to score 122 points on 50.6 percent shooting in their last outing. The OVER has been a hot bet in their games lately, evidenced by each of their last four going above the closing total.
Don’t fault Giannis Antetokounmpo for the Bucks’ losses, though. The “Greek Freak” scored 30 points on 13-for-23 shooting to go with eight rebounds, five assists and no turnovers in Monday’s setback. The small forward averaged 23.3 points on 56.1 percent shooting in four games against Chicago last season, including a career-high 34 points in a 102-98 home loss on April 3.
The Bulls took care of the Bucks with ease in 2015-16, claiming three of the four meetings between the clubs.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Milwaukee Bucks opened as -1-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 209.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.
Odds – Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 2-0 win for the Bucks on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Supporters of the Chicago Bulls have seen them go 13-11 and 13-11 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Milwaukee Bucks are at 11-12 and 10-13 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Bucks are 15-8, while the Chicago Bulls are 9-14. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Milwaukee vs Chicago injuries news.
According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds – Shark , it’s the No. 12-rated Milwaukee Bucks and the No. 14-rated Bulls in this NBA basketball matchup.
The game also pits Milwaukee’s No. 17-ranked offense averaging 104 PPG, against a Chicago Bulls defense that ranks No. 5 at 99.83 PPG. The Milwaukee Bucks field goal percentage has averaged 46.15% so far, more than the Chicago Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 44.02% per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Jimmy Butler went off for 31 points and added 7 rebounds leading Chicago to a 105-100 win over Miami on Saturday at United Center.
The Bucks were blown out by Toronto on Monday, losing by a 122-100 final at Air Canada Centre in basketball betting action.
- Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games
- Chicago is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
- Milwaukee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Milwaukee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee’s last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Chicago home to Milwaukee, Friday, December 16th