The NBA’s top scoring team will be a 13.5-point favorite at home in Fiserv Forum, when the Milwaukee Bucks (10-4) meet the Chicago Bulls (4-11). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 223 points and it will air on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, November 16, 2018.
Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds
Both teams were beaten in their last outing. The Bulls (13-point underdogs) were defeated by the Boston Celtics, 111-82, while the Bucks (9.5-point favorites) fell to the Memphis Grizzlies, 116-113. The Chicago game went 19.5 points under the projected point total of 212.5, while the Milwaukee game went 16 points over the projected point total of 213.
Chicago held Boston to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.7 (below the 26.2 mark opponents have averaged against Chicago this season) while Milwaukee held Memphis to an offensive rebounding percentage of 10.3 (below their season average of 18.6). Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for Milwaukee, finishing with 31 points and nine rebounds. Shaquille Harrison was a key piece for Chicago with 16 points and six rebounds.
This was a highly contested series last year, as the teams split their four games last season. In the last matchup, the Bucks won 118-105. Milwaukee had a much better turnover percentage (5.0 vs. 12.6). Chicago, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (37.0 vs. 17.1). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Vegas tends to place the total high when the Bulls are involved, as 66.7 percent of their contests have finished under the O/U total. Chicago heads into the contest with records of 4-11 straight up (SU) and 8-7 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike Chicago, games involving the Bucks have a tendency to finish over the total (78.6 percent). Moreover, Milwaukee owns records of 10-4 SU and 8-6 ATS.
Wendell Carter Jr. has been playing at a high level as of late for Chicago, averaging 12.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks over the last five games.
The high-octane offense of Milwaukee will square off against the bottom-tier defense of Chicago. The Bucks rank second in offensive efficiency, while the Bulls are 23rd in defensive efficiency. The Bucks figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. Also, second chance points figure to be rare for the Bulls. They rank 30th in the NBA in offensive rebounding percentage at 17.2 percent, while the Bucks are second-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 80.5 percent).