The Chicago Bulls (8-12) are in Milwaukee (5-17) tonight taking on the Bucks for a rematch of this week’s earlier matchup. Though Milwaukee is coming off an embarrassing defeat against the San Antonio Spurs they did beat the Bulls 78-74 on Tuesday night. John Henson had one of his best games of his young career scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 boards. If the Bucks come out with a win tonight they will probably need another big game out of the former Tar Heel. Here are three key to the games that could help the Bucks get on track after Wednesday’s debacle:
Stopping Mike Dunleavy
Mike had a great game against the Bucks on Tuesday leading their offense with 24 points on 9-15 shooting. Without Derrick Rose the Bulls struggle much on offense just like the Bucks as they only score 92.4 points a game which is 28th in the league. The Bucks place 30th in the league in points per game so this game will obviously be low scoring. Whoever is on Dunleavy must contest every shot the sharpshooter takes otherwise he could easily be the difference between a Bucks win or loss.
The Greek Freak
Giannis’ playing time has been sporadic this whole season but he played well in extended minutes against the Spurs. So what if most of his playing time was against the Spurs’ reserves? This Bucks team needs a spark on both ends of the ball and Larry Drew can’t be choosey on where he finds this help. We’ll find out tonight if his strong 15 point and 8 rebounds will Giannis more run time in what looks to be a more competitive game.
More from Ersan
Ersan Ilyasova has been inconsistent or injured throughout the first quarter of the season. That has not stopped him from being aggressive on the offensive end. He has such a great shooting touch but in the last five games he’s shot a ghastly 33% from the floor. If Ersan can get going early his three point shooting could make this game much more winnable for the Bucks.
Gary Neal is questionable with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Caron Butler is questionable with a sore left knee.
Luol Deng is questionable with a sore Achilles tendon.
Jimmy Butler is a game time decision with a toe injury.