Bulls-Bucks Preview

Milwaukee Bucks Status Check:
Record: 29-42
Division: 5-7
Conference: 21-21
Home Record: 19-18
Last 10 Games: 6-4
Streak: Won 1
Last game: 102-96 win over Knicks
PPG: 91.6 (30th)
Opponents PPG: 92.7(3rd)
Offensive Rating: 101.3 (29th)
Defensive Rating: 102.5 (4th)
Pace: 89.9 (25th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .465 (30th)
Turnover Percentage: .131 (12th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .752 (6th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .253 (19th)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt:  .218 (22nd)
Opp. eFG%: .481 (6th)
Opp. TO%: .149 (5th)
Opp. FT/FGA: .235 (20th)
Leading scorer: Brandon Jennings (15.8)
 
Stats from Basketball-Reference.com.
 
Bucks Injury Report:
Chris Douglas-Roberts: sprained right knee (missed Friday’s game against New York)
Drew Gooden: plantar fasciitis in left foot (missed Friday’s game against New York)
Ersan Ilyasova: concussion (out indefinitely)
Michael Redd: left knee surgery (missed Friday’s game against New York)
 
Overview:
Tonight will be the fourth time these two teams have played this season. Chicago is 3-0 against Milwaukee and will look to improve on their division record of 12-1. Derrick Rose is averaging 18.7 points, 4 rebounds and 8.7 assistsin the three prior victories. Carlos Boozer played in all three games against the Bucks, which is an impressive stat for him this year. He’s averaging 17 points and 8 rebounds.
 
Brandon Jennings is coming off a big game against the Knicks. He dropped 37 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrew Bogut added 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. As a team the Bucks shot 50.6% from the field and 50.0% from three. It was against New York though, so the defense was lax to say the least.
 
Jennings has only played in one game against the Bulls this year, scoring just four points. Bogut is averaging 16.7 rebounds in three games against Chicago, but just 6.0 points.
 
And those numbers are closer to how Milwaukee normally is on the offensive end. The Bucks are last in the league in scoring (91.6) and effective-field goal percentage (.465). And, on a related note, they are last in assists per game (18.7). They are also dead last in the league in fast break points per game (10.0) and points in the paint (35.4). Add to these dismal numbers the Bulls great defense and it could get ugly for the Bucks.
 
The Bulls are second in opponent’s points per game (91.2), second in opponent assists per game (18.9), first in effective field goal percentage (46.1), third in opponent points in the paint (36.4) and first in defensive efficiency (.967).
 
This storyline has shown in the first three matchups between the two squads, as the Bucks haven’t scored more than 83 points in a game, and average 78.3 on 38.6% shooting.
 
Both teams are playing on the second night of back-to-back, and tired legs may be a problem. Four of the Bucks starters played more than 38 minutes against New York. The Bucks only had two bench players play more than 5 minutes (Keyon Dooling and Larry Sanders). Part of this is because of the Bucks injury problems, and those problems continue with at least three players expected to be out for tonight’s game. The Bucks also have a longer trip, even though they’re the home team, after playing in New York last night.
 
The Bulls on the other hand, spread their minutes out a little more. Rose (38), Deng (42) and Noah (32) played a lot. But Boozer, because of foul trouble, played only 27 minutes. And Chicago had five bench players record at least ten minutes (Omer Asik played 9 minutes as well).
 
Chicago is getting used to these back-to-back games, and they better be. They have already played back-to-backs 19 times, with three more coming after tonight. They are 14-5 playing on no rest, an impressive record and a testament to how good their bench is and how good Thibodeau is at making them play every game. Milwaukee is 7-13 on the second night of back-to-backs.
 
According to Stats LLC, Chicago hasn’t swept the season series with Milwaukee since 2006-2007. And the Bulls haven’t won consecutive games in Milwaukee since the 2006-2007 season.

About the Author:
Braedan Ritter was born and raised in Pennsylvania but was swayed by gifts from his aunt to follow the Chicago sports teams. It didn’t hurt that the Bulls had a guy named Michael Jordan playing for them, and the Sixers had…Derrick Coleman. Braedan has stuck with Chicago through thick and thin, and really thin (see: Chicago Cubs). And speaking of Coleman, Braedan is currently a student at Syracuse University.

3 Responses to Bulls-Bucks Preview

  1. Ryan March 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Bulls need to come out with some fire tonight! I don’t want to see the Bucks with any confidence… especially after a feel-good win against NY.

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    Scottie Pimpin March 27, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    dat boy is good neil !

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    inkybreath March 27, 2011 at 3:00 am #

    Whew … gritty.

    Rose showed good patience tonight. I really liked when he force-fed Bogans another 3 ball, after Bogans had missed.

    Those things build confidence and trust.

    We still haven’t seen our best from Noah and Boozer. They are taking their sweet time to work out the kinks. I sure hope they are ready for the big time.

    Kudos Rose & team … really came together in a big way tonight.

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