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Bucks take on Bulls in hoops contest

Milwaukee BucksChicago Bulls
14-61April 04, 2014, 08:00 | United Center43-32

The NBA betting slate features a clash between Chicago and Milwaukee on Friday, with the host Bulls trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Bulls are 43-32 so far on the season, and 37-37-1 ATS vs. the number. The Bucks, meanwhile, are 14-61 and 33-40-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 30-45 and the Bucks go 41-34 on the totals.View Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Bulls sat as -12-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 186.

This game pits the Bulls, currently No. 12 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bucks, who rate No. 25 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 90-81 victory for the Bulls.

Milwaukee lost its last outing, a 96-77 result against the Heat on April 2. The Bucks failed to cover in that game as a 13-point underdog, while the 173 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Milwaukee got 19 points from Ramon Sessions but lost anyway 96-77 against the Heat on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Bulls were a 105-92 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Hawks. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (197) made winners of OVER bettors. Chicago earned a 105-92 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday, getting 23 points from D.J. Augustin at Philips Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 93.21 PPG, against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 24 at 103.35 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 43.13% so far, less than the Bucks shooters have achieved on the year, 43.4% per game.

A few Bucks at Bulls trends to consider:
Milwaukee is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Milwaukee is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games
Milwaukee is 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Chicago is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games
Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Milwaukee home to Toronto, Saturday, April 5th
Chicago at Washington, Saturday, April 5th