Having dropped the last two to Chicago, the Bucks will look to even up the season series.
The Milwaukee Bucks (14-61) and the Chicago Bulls (43-32).
Where are they playing?
The United Center. Chicago, Illinois.
When are they playing?
Friday, April 4. 7:00 PM CT
What’s at stake?
Heading into Friday on a three-game winning streak, Chicago is tied with Toronto for the third seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls hold a 2.5 game lead over Brooklyn for home court advantage in what – if the season ended today – would be a rematch of last season’s first round 4-5 matchup, which Chicago won in seven games.
For the Bucks, things aren’t quite as rosy. Instead of fighting for playoff position, Milwaukee remains locked in a battle with Philadelphia for the NBA’s worst record. The Sixers beating Detroit last weekend, coupled with the Bucks falling to Miami, put Milwaukee “up” two games with seven contests remaining for both clubs.
The Bucks do have a victory over Chicago earlier in the season and will look to tie up the season series at two games apiece.
Did the Bulls win their last game?
Did the Bucks win their last game?
They played the Heat. So, no.
Who’s their best player?
Over the past two months, Joakim Noah has done nothing short of physically putting this Bulls team on his back. After posting averages of 13.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.6 blocks in February, Noah somehow upped his production across the board last month. In 16 March contests, Noah posted 14.1 points, 9.9 boards, 7.5 assists and 1.9 blocks.
Of course, Chicago’s actual best player has not seen the floor since suffering a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 22.
Who’s hot for the Bucks?
What’s the injury situation?
Chicago: Derrick Rose (knee) is out for the season.
What happened last time?
Chicago won 81-72 at the Bradley Center on January 10. The Bucks shot 31.8 percent from the field. 31.8 percent.
And the time before that?
Mike Dunleavy banked in a three with 5.8 seconds remaining to give Chicago a 91-90 win on Dec. 13.
And the time before that?
Three days earlier, Milwaukee grinded out a 78-74 victory behind 25 points (11-17 FG), 14 rebounds and six blocks from John Henson.
C – Joakim Noah
PF – Taj Gibson
SF – Mike Dunleavy
SG – Jimmy Butler
PG – Kirk Hinrich
C – Zaza Pachulia
PF – Jeff Adrien
SF – Khris Middleton
SG – Ramon Sessions
PG – Brandon Knight
Scoring: 30th (93.2)
Scoring defense: 2nd (91.9)
Rebounding: 10th (44.4)
Assists: 11th (22.5)
Scoring: 28th (95.0)
Scoring defense: 24th (103.3)
Rebounding: 24th (41.2)
Assists: 16th (21.4)
Points: Knight (17.5), Augustin (14.5)
Assists: Knight (4.9), Noah (5.2)
Rebounds: Henson (7.2), Noah (11.1)
Blocks: Henson (1.7), Noah (1.5)
PER: Sessions (19.6), Noah (20.2)