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Bucks at Bulls - 1/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Bucks (14-21) at Chicago Bulls (20-12)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -7 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBATV, FSWI, CSNC

The Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls square off Tuesday night at the United Center.

The Milwaukee Bucks could use a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 97.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Khris Middleton is averaging 16.2 points and 3.7 assists while Greg Monroe is averaging 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Jerryd Bayless is dishing 3.7 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Bucks are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost six of their last nine road games. 

Bucks at Bulls - 1/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Bulls look to keep rolling after winning five of their last six games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 99.8 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.8 points and 3.7 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 16.4 points and 10.7 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.6 turnovers per game. The Chicago Bulls have won seven of their last 10 home games. Derrick Rose is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

The Bucks are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central. The Bucks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Chicago and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall. 

I'm starting to lose faith in the Bucks all together. The defensive effort isn't there and Milwaukee simply looks like a different team than a year ago. The Bulls should win this by double digits. 

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Chicago Bulls -7

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