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Handicapper Matt McCuen is here with his top NBA bet for Sunday's pairing of Game 1's. He has his eyes set on the Chicago Bulls as they are ready to battle the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs. 

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls Prediction: Will DeMar Derozan and the Bulls Keep It Close in Game 1?

We are coming off back-to-back sweeps, and I believe I found a winner to start off another today! The Chicago Bulls will travel to Milluwake to take on the defending champion Bucks.

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Bucks vs. Bulls Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

When: 6:30 pm ET

Where to Watch: TNT

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls Prediction

The Bulls will be back in the postseason for the first time since 2017 when they were bounced in the first round. The Bulls posted their best regular-season record since 2015. This is a team that is led by star power in the form of DeMar Derozan and Zach LaVine. The contributions of big man Nikola Vucevic were also pivotal to the Bull's success this year.

The Bucks enter this game feeling great about their chances to repeat, and rightfully so. Giannis Antetokounmpo put up another MVP caliber season while Khris Middleton earned himself another All-Star appearance. The role players have been great for the Bucks this year along the way, helping them all year long win games. The heartbeat of the Bucks comes in the form of former UCLA standout Jrue Holiday. Holiday was added to this Bucks team last year and was a huge part of why they won the championship. His defense and veteran presence does not go unnoticed.

The Bulls know this will be a tough series as they have struggled against top-tier teams this season. The Bulls were 4-21 against top ten NBA teams this season. That has led many people to believe that the Bucks will roll past this Chicago team. The Chicago faithful will hope that is not the case and that the Bulls play a competitive series here after one of their best seasons in the last five years. The Bucks enter this game as a 10.5-point favorite. 

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I am going to back the Bulls tonight with the points. I know they have struggled against top teams, but eleven points in a playoff game are far too many points in my opinion, for a team as talented as the Bulls.

DeMar DeRozan put up an MVP type of season, and I believe that the play of Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic make this a tough Bulls team. This line is far too inflated today, so we will be taking advantage and backing the dog.

The difference with this Bucks team compared to a season ago is they are not as good on the defensive end. The Bucks allow 112.1 points per game, which is 20th in the NBA. I think Chicago will be able to score the basketball enough to keep pace and stay within this large number. I expect a huge game from LaVine tonight, who may get more one on ones due to a lot of attention going to the veteran Derozan. Let’s stay hot on the hardwood tonight! 

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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