Chicago Bulls (5-6) at Milwaukee Bucks (6-4)
Sorry, Seerat had to fill in doing the last game preview for me because I was too busy vomiting all over the place after watching this team. I still can’t stomach it but let’s try to get through this without having to take a shower afterwords — unless you wanna.
The second unit is getting blasted hard, and rightfully so. It’s the clear weakness on a team that has made a name for itself with strong bench play over the last two years. My grandfather called me today and asked me what was wring with the Bulls, my answer was simple: they miss Derrick Rose and the owner loves the White Sox more than he loves the Bulls.
But that’s a rant that will be up tomorrow. For now, let’s focus on the Bucks and how they legitmatel could blow the Bulls out tonight.
The Bucks have lost four games this year, but they nearly won two of their last three games and were very close to riding a five game winning streak into this matchup. Milwaukee first lost to the Bobcats by 4 points and then took the Miami Heat to the wire and forced them to beat them in overtime — in Miami.
Worse yet for the Bulls, the Bucks are 3-2 at home and Chicago hasn’t won a road game since winning in overtime against the Suns over a week ago. Since that win, when we all thought this team might be alright, they’ve been slaughtered by the Clippers, Blazers and Rockets and have been outscored 296-263.
So this whole defense thing is crumbling fast. But don’t jump to conclusions and assume that defense wins championships is dead, because it’s not. This defense doesn’t win against a junior high prep team so leave this mess of a team out of that discussion. If you’re referring to tis defense not winning championships, than yes you’re correct. If you think a stout and primed Bulls defense that’s got all it’s stars in and is firing on all cylinders doesn’t lock down a championship than think again.
But this team is not that team.
The season is far from over, but when you’re playing a Bucks team on the road that very well could have been 8-2 at this point in the season, and you’re fearing them, that’s mucho no bueno.
Things will turn around, but we’re back to asking the question we asked back in July — when will it?
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Time: 8:00pm CST/9:00pm EST
Nat’l TV: WGN-America
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Radio: ESPN 1000
Line: Bucks -2.5
Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — PG Derrick Rose (OUT)
MILWAUKEE – PF Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (OUT)
Key Matchup: Will Chicago’s second unit pick things up or will the struggles continue?
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Last 10 Games
Last Game: Bulls lost to Rockets 93-89, Bucks lost to Heat 116-106
Last Meeting: March 7, 2012 – Bulls 106, Bucks 104
Prediction: Bulls 92, Clippers 100