Bulls vs. Bucks prediction and odds for Monday, Dec. 11 (Back Chicago on the road)

A full betting preview of Monday night's matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nov 30, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) drives to the basket
Nov 30, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) drives to the basket / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls will put their four-game winning streak on the line tonight when they go on the road and play the Milwaukee Bucks. Chicago is looking to win its second straight game over Milwaukee, whom they defeated 120-113 in overtime on Nov. 30.

The Bulls opened as 8.5-point road underdogs against the Bucks, but that number has ballooned to 11.5. Can Chicago continue to climb up the standings? Or will Milwaukee finally play up to the level we know they can?

Here are the odds and our best bet for Chicago-Milwaukee:

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Bulls vs. Bucks odds, spread and total

Bulls vs. Bucks how to watch

  • Date: Monday, Dec. 6
  • Game Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Fiserv Forum
  • How to Watch (TV): Bally Sports WI, NBC Sports Chicago
  • Bulls Record: 9-14
  • Bucks Record: 15-7

Bulls vs. Bucks injury reports

Chicago Bulls injury report

  • Alex Caruso – questionable
  • Zach LaVine – out
  • Patrick Williams – probable

Milwaukee Bucks injury report

  • Pat Connaughton – out
  • Jae Crowder – out
  • Chris Livingston – questionable

Bulls vs. Bucks key players to watch

Chicago Bulls

Nikola Vucevic: Vucevic had his best game of the season in the Bulls’ 120-113 win over the Bucks on Nov. 30. The veteran center had 29 points (game-high), 10 rebounds, and six assists. It was a complete performance by Vucevic, as this win over the Bucks helped Chicago kickstart its four-game winning streak. The Bulls will need a similar performance against a Milwaukee team that lost in the semifinals of the In-Season Tournament.

Milwaukee Bucks

Damian Lillard: Lillard has shockingly struggled to shoot the ball against the Bulls this season. The All-Star point guard is averaging 15 points per game on 30.3% shooting from the field and 13.3% from deep in two games against Chicago. Lillard will hope to turn it around tonight as he’s scoring 25.7 points per game to start December. 

Bulls vs. Bucks prediction and pick

Chicago has won four straight games and has done it without Zach LaVine, making it an impressive feat. The Bulls have received unexpected contributions from Patrick Williams, Coby White, and Torrey Craig. Williams scored 20 points in Chicago’s win over the Spurs last week, which was a pleasant surprise as he’s only averaging 8.6 points per game.

The Bulls will need everybody to step up again tonight as this Bucks’ team is looking to bounce back from a tough nine-point loss to the Pacers in Las Vegas last week. Milwaukee has all the talent in the world but has struggled on defense this season (118.7 points per game allowed). While it’s nice to have the offense of Antetokounmpo and Lillard, it doesn’t matter if you can’t stop the opposing team from scoring.

This season, Chicago is 1-1 against the spread as double-digit underdogs but 2-0 ATS against Milwaukee. Meanwhile, the Bucks are 0-3 ATS as double-digit favorites and 4-6-1 ATS as a home favorite. I believe that Milwaukee will win tonight, but I don’t see them blowing out the Bulls because of their lack of defense.

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