Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks 4/27/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions

Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks Matchup Preview (4/27/22)

Through four games, this series has gone how most experts predicted. The Bucks were not far away from sweeping Chicago but couldn’t quite get the job done in Game Two. Now, Khris Middleton is out for at least another week and a half or so before an update is given. He is hopeful to be available at some point in the next round of the playoffs, but it is impossible to say whether that’s going to happen or not yet. The addition of Bobby Portis into the starting lineup has made Milwaukee even bigger in its frontcourt, which is indeed scary for a team like Chicago and most other teams in the NBA, in general.

Meanwhile, Chicago is against the ropes and has certainly accepted its fate. The Bulls desperately need Lonzo Ball and perhaps one other solid contributor before they can compete with the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, or Boston Celtics. They aren’t that far off, as evidenced by their record, but some glaring issues need to be improved, including defensively. Injuries derailed this team’s trajectory this season; however, they will be back next year and likely with added firepower! Check out my analysis of this game and its potential outcome under the betting odds section and each team’s outlook below!

Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds

Look, we all saw this coming. I may have jumped the gun when I called for a Bucks sweep on Twitter, but it looks like a five-game series is possible. The Bulls cannot compete with a championship-caliber team; it has been on full display all season long. Despite Khris Middleton being out in the last two games, the Bucks have won by an average margin of 27 points. That constitutes domination. Now, Milwaukee is back home in Fiserv Forum, where it played so well during last season’s playoffs. The loss of Middleton hurts, but they have proved that it does not affect the outcome. I will take the Milwaukee Bucks against the spread and their Moneyline, even though it will not have great value. There is little possibility of Chicago winning this game.

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Date: 4/27/22
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, WI
Channel: TNT

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Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup

PG: Alex Caruso
SG: Zach LaVine
SF: DeMar DeRozan
PF: Patrick Williams
C: Nikola Vucevic

Chicago Bulls Analysis

The struggles continue for the Chicago Bulls. After accumulating an embarrassing record this season against teams that were top three in their respective conferences, the trend has just continued in the playoffs. The Bulls were able to grab a surprising road win in Game Two, but everything had to go perfect for them to pull it off; it seemed like every time the Bucks were creeping close, Chicago hit a timely shot. The bottom line for Chicago is that it is going to have a hard time winning a playoff series when it allows 49% shooting from the field and 42% from behind the arc. This was a bad matchup from the beginning, though: Chicago shoots the fewest three-pointers per game, while Milwaukee shoots the fifth-most. Additionally, the Bulls can’t defend the three-point line at all and are at the top of the league in open three-pointers allowed. That’s a bad combination.

Milwaukee Bucks Starting Lineup

PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Wesley Matthews
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
PF: Bobby Portis
C: Brook Lopez

Milwaukee Bucks Analysis

The loss of All-Star guard/forward Khris Middleton hurts, but the Bucks seem to be taking it in stride. Since losing Middleton, the Bucks have won both road games by an average of 27 points, while shooting 50% from the field and 43% from behind the arc. Additionally, they have held the Bulls to an abysmal 39/26/82 shooting split, which is rare for a Bucks team that has been inconsistent on that end all season. Now that Middleton will be out for a few weeks at a minimum, we will see a frontcourt lineup of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis, and Brook Lopez. This lineup will be extremely intriguing as Portis and Lopez can shoot the lights out from deep and cause mismatch issues on the inside and outside, especially against Chicago. Long story short: Milwaukee ran into a great first-round matchup and has taken full advantage of it.

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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