Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 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 -7.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks pay a visit to the Chicago Bulls tonight at the United Center.
The Bucks were going for a third straight win last night, but instead got run off the court by the Spurs in a 123-98 beatdown. All five starters finished in double figures, with Khris Middleton scored 19 points, Michael Carter-Williams added 16 points and Greg Monroe chipping in with 15, but the Bucks just couldn't find a way to slow down the Spurs who shot 54 percent from the field to finish with a season high in total points. With the loss, Milwaukee falls to 14-22 on the season overall and 9-7 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Bulls have won five of their last six and will be aiming for a fifth straight win after sneaking past the Raptors in a 115-113 thriller on Sunday. Nikola Mirotic had 17 points while Pau Gasol added 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, but this win was all about Jimmy Butler who poured in a record 40 points in the second half after scoring just two points in the first half. With the win, Chicago improves to 20-12 on the season and 6-7 on the road. Derrick Rose was once again absent from the starting lineup as he deals with his right hamstring injury.
In ATS trends, the Bucks are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games playing on zero days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, while the Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games following a win.
Head to head, the Bucks are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Chicago.
Rose is unlikely to suit up for the Bulls tonight, but I don't think they need him as they've been on a roll lately and should have more than enough to win this game by double digits.