Apr 5, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen (7) looks to pass the ball against Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams (44) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
The Bucks are 12-point home favorites over the Bulls on Wednesday night in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series
Milwaukee has won the last two games by a combined 54 points
A look at the Bulls vs Bucks odds can be found below with a pick
The Bucks will try to finish off the Chicago Bulls when the teams meet in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
The Bucks took a 3-1 series lead on Sunday when they routed the Bulls 119-95 in Game 4 in Chicago.
The No. 3-seed Bucks (54-32/28-15 home) have won six of their last eight games overall. The No. 6 Bulls (47-39/20-23 road) have lost seven of their last nine.
Bulls vs Bucks Odds
Over 217.5 (-110)
Under 217.5 (-110)
Odds as of April 26th at FanDuel
In a game that will be televised by TNT, the Bucks are 12-point favorites. They have an implied win probability of 89.47% based on being -850 picks on the moneyline.
Bulls Betting Outlook
The Bulls could be without All-Star guard Zach LaVine, who was placed in the health and safety protocols Tuesday.
LaVine scored a game-high 24 points Sunday and had 13 assists and five rebounds. He averaged 24.4 points during the regular season, though that figure has dipped to 19.3 in the first playoff series of his eight-year career.
Zach to beat the buzzer!@ZachLaVine | #SeeRed pic.twitter.com/VTf96L8g6H
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 24, 2022
The Bulls are 9-6 this season without LaVine, who had knee problems during the regular season.
DeMar DeRozan added 23 points but made just 8-of-20 field goal attempts. As a team, the Bulls were 35-for-90 (38.9%) overall and 9-of-36 (25.0%) from distance.
Only once in the first four games of this series have the Bulls even reached 100 points. They have also shot 27% or worse from beyond the arc in three games.
The Bulls got double-doubles from Patrick Williams, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic, who scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It was Vucevic’s third double-double of the series.
Alex Caruso left the game in the second quarter and did not return after being inadvertently hit in face by Jevon Carter. Caruso was still in the concussion protocol Tuesday and his status for Game 5 in questionable.
Short Alex Caruso thread.
It’s hard to describe just how good he was across the court in Game 2. The defense (per usual) was tremendous. Ridiculously good hands and insane awareness to draw those charges.
Simply one of the smartest and most precise defenders in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/fGIGaw0oiP
— Elias Schuster (@Schuster_Elias) April 21, 2022
If LaVine and Caruso are both out, look for Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu to run the offense. White is averaging 6.3 points in this series and Dosunmu just 3.0.
Matt Thomas (lower leg) has been ruled out. Lonzo Ball (knee) is done for the season.
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Bucks Betting Outlook
Grayson Allen was lights out in Game 4 for the Bucks, scoring 27 points while shooting 10-of-12 from the field, including 6 of 7 from three-point range. He set career playoff bests for points and threes.
Over the last two games, Allen is 18 for 24 and 11 for 14 after scoring a total of three points in the first two games before All-Star forward Khris Middleton was injured. The Bucks outscored the Bulls by a whopping 54 points in those games, both on the road.
Grayson Allen (49 points) has outscored every single player on the Bulls in the last 2 games. pic.twitter.com/JP52llbjHS
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 24, 2022
In Game 4, the Bucks shot 52.3% (45-86) as a team, including an outstanding 51.5% (17 of 33) from beyond the arc.
Giannis Antetokounmpo shined as he finished with 32 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists. Jrue Holiday added 26 points, including five threes, and seven assists.
Bobby Portis had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He started for the second straight game in place of Middleton, who is expected to miss the rest of the series after sustaining a sprained left knee in Game 2.
Portis playing through an eye abrasion that he suffered in Game 2.
The #Bucks are undefeated in franchise history when Bobby Portis wears goggles winning by an average of 30.0 points per game. pic.twitter.com/rKns6LjGzj
— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) April 23, 2022
George Hill (abdominal strain) will miss his sixth straight game. Luca Vildoaz (illness) missed Game 4 but should be available Wednesday after the Argentinian made his NBA debut in Game 3 by playing eight minutes of the bench.
Bulls vs Bucks Prediction
The Bucks, who are fifth in the NBA Championship odds picture, have seized control of the series after losing Game 2 at home. Furthermore, Milwaukee has won 19 of its last 21 meetings with the Bulls, including all four regular season meetings in 2021-22.
It is hard to buck that kind of momentum and history in this spot even with a double-digit spread. The Bucks are clearly a cut above Chicago.
Pick: Bucks -12 (-106)