Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Feb 16, 2023

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With the wind in their sails the Milwaukee Bucks head to the Windy City on Thursday to play the Bulls before the All-Star break.

February 16, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
United Center
Pointspread -7.5 -116
Moneyline -319
Over / Under o +230


Betting Action


Pointspread +7.5 -104
Moneyline +263
Over / Under u +230


Betting Action


Milwaukee has won an incredible 11 straight contests, most recently in overtime against Boston, the very team from whom they are trying to steal the top spot in the East.  As for Chicago, the plane ride from Indiana on Wednesday must have been a long one.

Vegas hands Milwaukee the edge in this one with -7.5 favourites status on the NBA odds. The over-under sits at 230.

Bucks vs. Bulls NBA Betting Odds

Chicago is in a precarious situation. At six games under .500 and losers of five straight, they have their work cut out for them if they hope to fit into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. It’s tempting to think that they may be playing the Bucks at the right time. This may surprise some, but the Bulls got the better of their Central Division rivals both times they’ve tussled this season. That surely felt good after Milwaukee bounced them out of the playoffs in the first round last year.

Chicago’s plight is also that of betters, at least those that continue to put their faith in Billy Donovan’s group. They covered none of the spreads during the current losing streak. It’s dropped their tally ATS to 30-28 on the season, which is still respectable, but the club is trending in the wrong direction.

What more can be said about Mike Budenholzer’s men considering their string of 11 wins? They trail Boston by a single game and are looking like world-beaters at the moment. The outright wins have not consistently translated to covers, however. In fact, they failed to cover three times in the last 10, which is still strong.

Milwaukee Bucks

There may have been something ever so mildly deflating about Tuesday night’s victory over the Celtics. Let’s be clear. It was a big game with huge potential to shift playoff positioning down the road. Furthermore, they won.

So why would anyone hold back on fist-pumping? Boston was without Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Marcus Smart. Credit to Derrick White, Grant Williams, Sam Hauser and company for pushing the contest into overtime and even holding the lead for the first couple of minutes in the extra frame. The Bucks, on the other hand, had everybody ready to go. It felt like an opportunity to stamp their authority on the contest, but in truth only two players did. To be fair, those guys were Giannis Antetokounmpo (36 points, nine assists, 13 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (40 points, seven assists, five rebounds). A win is a win, and those which count in the standings like the one on Tuesday are worth nothing, but it was very tough. Bucks win, 131-125 in OT.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls took it to the Pacers on Wednesday night in the opening frame, building a shocking 39-15 first-quarter lead. Fans know that in today’s NBA no lead is truly safe. The issue was that Chicago played as if blissfully unaware of the trend.

Indiana dominated the remainder of the game. So much so that a 24-point deficit was flipped on its head for a four-point victory, 117-113. If one looks at the major statistical categories, it looks like a close game, and it was, technically speaking. The manner with which the Bulls floundered the rest of the way surely made coach Donovan irate. Indiana had experienced rocky waters lately and looked like the perfect victim for the Bulls to find momentum. What they got was NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest challenger Buddy Hield going 6-10 from beyond the arc to boost his 27-point night. Canadian Bennedict Mathurin’s evening was limited to 23 minutes, but he pitched in with 14 points off 5-10 shooting. Zach Levine led Chicago with 35 points, seven assists, and 13 rebounds.

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