The Chicago Bulls aim to remain in the mix of the 2022 NBA playoffs when they take the floor on Wednesday. Chicago visits the Milwaukee Bucks for Game 5 of a best-of-seven series. Milwaukee leads 3-1 in the series after back-to-back wins in Chicago by 54 combined points.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Milwaukee. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Bucks as 12.5-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 217.5 in the latest Bulls vs. Bucks odds. Before you make any Bucks vs. Bulls picks, be sure to see the NBA playoff 2022 predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Bulls vs. Bucks, and just locked in its picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Bucks vs. Bulls:
- Bulls vs. Bucks spread: Bucks -12.5
- Bulls vs. Bucks over-under: 217.5 points
- Bulls vs. Bucks money line: Bucks -900, Bulls +600
- CHI: The Bulls are 4-6 against the spread in the last 10 games
- MIL: The Bucks are 4-6 against the spread in the last 10 games
Why the Bulls can cover
Chicago has been in this position before as massive road underdogs, but it has come through each time against the number. The Bulls were double-digit underdogs in both Games 1 and 2, and they covered in both contests. Chicago has covered in three of its four road games versus the Bucks this year, counting both the regular and postseason. Meanwhile, the Bucks have won against the spread in just 37 percent of their home games this year, which is the third-lowest percentage in the NBA.
While the loss of Zach LaVine (protocols) will certainly hurt Chicago's chances of extending this series, his absence doesn't negatively impact the Bulls' chances of covering. The team played 15 games without its second-leading scorer and went 9-6 ATS in those contests, compared to an under-.500 ATS record when LaVine played.
Why the Bucks can cover
The Bucks are extremely difficult to stop. Milwaukee posted a top-five mark in offensive efficiency during the regular season, scoring more than 1.14 points per possession. The Bucks are led by one of the best players in the world in Giannis Antetokounmpo, with the former NBA MVP averaging 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game during the regular season. The Bucks also have a prolific two-way guard in Jrue Holiday, averaging 18.3 points and 6.8 assists per game this season, and the 3-point line is a comfortable place for Milwaukee.
The Bucks are shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point distance in the series after ranking in the top five at 36.6 percent during the regular season. Milwaukee is also effective inside the arc, shooting 54.4 percent in 2021-22, and the Bucks are above-average in free throw creation and ball security.
How to make Bucks vs. Bulls picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 219 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's Bucks vs. Bulls picks at SportsLine.
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