Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls
|Date & Time||Monday February 25, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago +8 -- Over/Under 228
The Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls duke it out at the United Center on Monday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been on an absolute tear as they’ve won 16 of their past 18 games and they will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after taking down the Timberwolves in a 140-128 home win on Saturday. Khris Middleton led the team with 28 points on 10 of 18 shooting, Giannis racked up 27 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists, Brook Lopez scored 19 points while Nikola Mirotic chipped in with a rapid-fire 17 points in 18 minutes off the bench. As a team, the Bucks shot 52 percent from the field and an impressive 19 of 43 from the 3-poitn line but they found themselves in a battle with the Timberwolves right until the fourth quarter where they outscored them by 33-19 to run away with it. With the win, Milwaukee improved to 45-14 on the season which has them sitting pretty atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls were one of the worst teams in the league all season, but they’ve sprung to life since the All-Star break and now have their sights on a fourth straight victory after taking down the Celtics in a 126-116 home win on Saturday. Zach LaVine led the team with a season-high 42 points on 17 of 29 shooting, Lauri Markkanen added 35 points with 15 rebounds while Robin Lopez chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 53 percent from the field and 12 of 30 from the 3-point line as they predictably fell behind early before exploding in the second quarter where they outscored the Celtics by 36-18 to take control of the game. It wasn’t easy in the second half as the Celtics poured on 65 points, but the Bulls kept them at bay to finish with one of their best wins of the season to improve to 16-44 overall.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bucks are 13-3-2 ATS in their last 18 road games, 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Bulls are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the road team is 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings, the Bucks are 4-1 ATS the last five meetings overall and 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Chicago.
The Bucks will be confident in this matchup as they’ve already beaten the Bulls three times this season, but only the first meeting was a blowout with the last two wins coming by three points each. The Bulls have suddenly come to life and are playing some of their best basketball of the season as the Celtics found out on Saturday, but you just wonder if that was a fluke or not. I'm tempted to take the Bulls with the points, but the Bucks are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Chicago, so I’m taking them to stay on top with a win and cover here.