The Chicago Bulls slipped into the playoffs with the very last ticket in the Eastern Conference. From standing as the top seed to heading as the sixth overall seed, the Bulls have been everywhere. With an opening 93-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first game of the series, the Bulls proved that they still have it in them to revert outcomes when needed. The Bulls are now ready to face the Bucks at Fiserv Forum tonight for game 2.
The Bucks were also on a similar rollercoaster as the Bulls. Standing as the top seed of the conference to finishing as the overall number three, the Bucks also experienced what it felt to be in different conference spots. However, with a solid win in game 1 of the series, the Bucks still have a solid chance by playing on their home court and stretching their lead over Chicago.
Although the Bulls and the Bucks are off to just the first game of the series, Chicago understands that it’s all about staying close to their rival. When the chance comes, the Bulls still have the manpower to get a win over the Bucks.
DeMar DeRozan still leads the Bulls in every offense criteria. He is now standing with 27.9 points, 4.9 assists, and a 50.4% field goal percentage. Yet it was Nikola Vucevic who stepped it up for the Bulls in Game 1 to lead Chicago with 24 points and 17 rebounds.
For the Bulls, an opening-game loss is just another sign that the series will be tight. However, this might allow Chicago to focus on the fact that playing without home advantage will not be a critical factor affecting their performance and that they have everything it takes to tie the series tonight.
The Bucks had a start that was predictable by most experts. However, with a lead over Chicago, the Bucks will look to make the most of their home advantage to get a second win that could potentially turn decisive in Game 3.
Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to lead the Bucks. He averages 29.9 points per game and a 55.3% field goal percentage. The star has also grabbed 11.6 rebounds and has 1.4 blocks per game.
In Game 1, Antetokounmpo stepped it up to lead Milwaukee with 27 points and 16 rebounds. With Jrue Holiday next to Giannis, the power duo is set to take on the Bulls at their home court tonight.
The Bucks might be ahead in the series, but the playoffs are just starting for the Bulls. The total has gone over in five of their last seven games for Chicago. As for Milwaukee, the total has also gone over in six of their previous seven games.
Chicago has been on and off with their solid gameplay, and now it’s time to bring it back. With a 19-22 away record, the Bulls have enough talent to overcome the Bucks in the series. Still, a solid response tonight will be critical to not letting the Bucks get ahead. With odds in their favor, the Bucks also have what it takes to put away the Bulls early in the series.