Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks 1/21/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream

Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks Matchup Preview (1/21/22)

The Milwaukee Bucks will look to regain some semblance of control of Fiserv Forum when they host the Chicago Bulls for an Eastern Conference matchup between two top teams. Chicago’s squad will look different than usual: it will be without Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, Derrick Jones Jr, and Javonte Green. This could be a massive hit for a team that had so much momentum just a few weeks ago. The brunt of the offensive responsibility will fall on DeMar DeRozan’s shoulders, who has averaged nearly 26 points per game this season. Meanwhile, the Bucks have the opposite going on as only Brook Lopez will be unavailable. Lopez will again be out with that back injury that has kept him sidelined for a substantial amount of time this season. This game does not strike me as one that will be close, so check out below who I think will win and by how much!

Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds

The Milwaukee Bucks are home favorites against the Chicago Bulls in this matchup. It is no mystery that the Bucks have been streaky this season, even at Fiserv Forum, where they could not be beaten in last season’s playoffs; however, as they become healthy again, they should regain that chemistry. I see no other choice for this game than to hammer the Bucks against the spread. This is a Bulls team with too many injuries and not enough depth. They may be able to stay close when the starters are on the floor, but Chicago simply does not have the bench to keep up with the Bucks. Slam the Bucks ATS in this game.

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TV Schedule

Date: 1/21/22
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Arena: Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, WI
Channel: NBA League Pass

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Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup

PG: Coby White
SG: Ayo Dosunmu
SF: Alfonzo McKinnie
PF: DeMar DeRozan
C: Nikola Vucevic

Chicago Bulls Analysis

The Chicago Bulls just took a significant hit in their quest to secure a top seed in the competitive Eastern Conference. Lonzo Ball and Zach LaVine have suffered minor knee injuries that will likely keep them out for one or two months. LaVine is expected to return before Ball, who was just given a six-to-eight-week recovery timeframe. However, they will probably not rush LaVine back to the lineup to make sure he is healthy in preparation for a post-season run. In addition, they are also still without Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr, and Patrick Williams, who all play an integral role in the Bulls’ rotation. It is a good time to cover your eyes if you are a Bulls fan because things could be rough for a bit. While the Bulls should easily make the playoffs and probably all be healthy by then, this could complicate their championship hopes. This game against the Milwaukee Bucks should not be much of a game, especially since the Milwaukee Bucks are fully healthy and playing high-quality basketball.

Milwaukee Bucks Starting Lineup

PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Grayson Allen
SF: Khris Middleton
PF: Bobby Portis
C: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks Analysis

After a tumultuous start to the 2021-22 NBA season, Milwaukee finally has settled in, sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. It has not been an ideal first half of the season for the Bucks, but everyone is healthy and playing solid basketball short of Brook Lopez, who still remains out for the foreseeable future due to a lingering back injury. Giannis and Khris Middleton are on fire, in particular, averaging roughly a combined 57 points, 17 rebounds, and 14 assists in their past eight games. These are massive numbers for any dynamic duo, and it is great to see them playing so well. On the season, the Bucks rank fourth in points per game, seventh in offensive efficiency, tenth in eFG% (effective field goal percentage), and seventh in 3P% (three-point percentage.) In short, Milwaukee still has improvements that it can make, but things are going swimmingly on offense.

Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks Daily Fantasy Picks

It has become a common occurrence for Giannis Antetokounmpo to be in the top tier of the MVP ladder every year, but he still never ceases to amaze me. Giannis can play and guard any position on the floor at a high level, and his incredible offensive and defensive skill set are mindboggling for a guy who is 6-foot-11. Who knows when we will see a player like Giannis again. His season averages are right where they usually are: 28.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game on 53.3% from the floor. His mid-range game even looks much improved over last season with a much more fluid motion in his shot. He may never be a great shooter, but he does not need to be to dominate the league. Antetokounmpo’s recent stretch has once again made him a focal point during MVP conversations, posting nearly 32 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists nightly. Giannis is an expensive player in DFS and sometimes may not be worth the cost due to how much you forego at other positions to try and compensate. If you catch Giannis on a night where he posts a massive triple-double with 40+ points, though, it will hardly matter who else you play.

After two knee injuries to Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball, the majority of the offensive production will fall on DeMar DeRozan’s shoulders. On Wednesday night, DeRozan stepped up to the plate against the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 30 points on 14-for-24 from the field. He also dished out seven assists, secured two rebounds in that game, and recorded two blocks. For this game, DeRozan will also be without Patrick Williams, Derrick Jones Jr, and Javonte Green, which will significantly limit his help on the offensive end. DeRozan’s season averages are terrific as he has put up 25.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists; however, during this upcoming stretch of games, we should see an uptick in every one of those categories. There has never been a better time to put DeRozan in your DFS lineup, so take advantage now, as his salary should increase after several massive games.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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