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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Bucks made playoff debut against Bulls

Bottom line: The Milwaukee Bucks host the Chicago Bulls to start the Eastern Conference first round. Milwaukee won 4–0 against Chicago during the regular season. The Bucks won the previous regular season matchup 127–106 on April 6. Brooke Lopez led the Bucks with 28 points, and DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 40 points.

The Bucks are 12-4 in the division matchup. Milwaukee is fifth in the Eastern Conference with 13.1 fast break points, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo with an average of 4.3.

The Bulls are 10-6 against Central Division opponents. Chicago is sixth in the Eastern Conference with 12.7 fast break points per game led by Zach LaVine, averaging 3.0.

Top Performer: Juri Holiday averages 18.3 points, 6.8 assists and 1.6 steals for the Bucks. Antetokounmpo averages 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the last 10 games for Milwaukee.

DeRozan averages 27.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Bulls. LaVine averages 23.6 points in the last 10 games for Chicago.

Last 10 games: Rs: 6-4, averaging 118.5 points, 45.3 rebounds, 25.5 assists, 7.6 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.1% from the field. Their opponents average 119.6 points per game.

Bulls: 4-6, averaging 110.3 points, 40.3 rebounds, 22.3 assists, 6.8 steals and 2.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.8% from the field. His opponents average 117.7 points.

Injuries: Bucks: Khris Middleton: Day-to-Day (wrist), Bobby Portis: Day-to-Day (shoulder), Grayson Allen: Day-to-Day (hip), George Hill: Day-to-Day (abdomen), Giannis Antetokounmpo: Day-to-Day (knee), Luca Villadoza: day-to-day (coach’s decision), Serge Ibaka: day-to-day (illness).

Bulls: Alex Caruso: Day-to-Day (back), Coby White: Day-to-Day (toe), Matt Thomas: Day-to-Day (feet), Lonzo Ball: Out for Season (knee).

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