Bulls vs Bucks 1/20/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee -14.5
Zach Lavine and the Chicago Bulls (16-28, 4th in the Central Division) go to Fiserv Forum on Monday where they'll meet the Milwaukee Bucks (38-6, 1st in the Central Division). Chicago opens this game as 14.5 point dogs. The O/U is set at 225.
The Bulls cover the spread 46.5% of the time, having gone 20-23-1 ATS. Milwaukee is covering 56.8% of the time, going 25-19-0 against the spread.
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
11/08/19 SF Otto Porter Jr. Foot is out indefinitely
01/09/20 F Wendell Carter Jr. Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
No key injuries to report
Zach Lavine comes into this game averaging 25.0 points per contest while playing 34.1 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.7 rebounds per contest and distributes 4.0 assists per game. His FG percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is 83%. Lauri Markkanen averages 15.0 points per contest in 30.2 minutes per game. He averages 1.6 assists per game and 6.5 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Eric Bledsoe scores 15.1 points per contest while playing 26.0 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.6 rebounds per contest and has 5.1 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Giannis Antetokounmpo averages 30.0 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 30.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 12.8 rebounds per game and has 5.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 55% and his free throw percentage is 61%.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago averages 105.8 points per contest, which is 25th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.9 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a unit, which has them ranked 25th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 19th in the NBA. They average 42.6 boards per contest and 22.9 assists per game, which ranks them 26th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 10th with 15.2 per game. The Bulls allow 107.8 points per contest, which is 10th in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 19th and 7th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.5 rebounds a game which ranks 20th, and they allow 24.6 assists per game which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 18.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Milwaukee is 1st in the NBA with 119.5 points per contest this season. They are 2nd in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 12.61. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 11th in the league. They are 1st in the NBA in rebounding with 51.8 boards per contest and 7th in assists per game with 25.8. The Bucks are 20th in turnovers per contest with 14.4. The Bucks give up 106.9 points per game, which ranks them 9th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 41% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 1st and 20th in those defensive statistics. They rank 14th with 23.8 dimes allowed per game and 19th with 46.2 boards surrendered per contest. The Bucks are 13th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.5 per contest this year.
The Bulls are 26th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.6, and their defensive rating of 107.5 is ranked 11th. In terms of pace they are 16th in the league with 99.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 25th. As a team they are 25th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 10th in the league. Chicago is 9th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 13th in the league.
Milwaukee is 21st in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 30th in the NBA. The Bucks are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 101.8, and their offensive rating of 113.8 is ranked 1st. They are 1st in the NBA in pace with 104.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 56% is 1st. As a unit they are 1st in the league in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Bucks NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago +14.5
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