3 keys for the Milwaukee Bucks to take 2-0 lead over Chicago Bulls

Apr 17, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Chicago Bulls: Tristan Thompson, Derrick Jones Jr
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It sure would be nice if the Milwaukee Bucks had a good 3-point shooting playoff game

There’s no tradition more annoying than the Milwaukee Bucks’ 3-point shooting absolutely evaporating in the playoffs. Except maybe Daylight Savings, but that’s it!

Anyway, the Bucks shot six percent worse from 3 during the championship run compared to the regular season and if Game 1 was any indication, that trend may continue in these playoffs.

The Bucks shot 36.6 percent from 3 in the regular season this year, fifth-best in the league. In Game 1 against the Bulls, they shot 26.3 percent. One game likely means nothing and I’m being dramatic, but wouldn’t it be nice to see them come out and shoot, like, 38 percent on 40 attempts?

It starts with Middleton, who went 1-of-7 from 3 to start the series, but Grayson Allen and Pat Connaughton combined to go 1-of-8 from deep as well. Ok, aside from Wesley Matthews’ 2-of-3 and Bobby Portis’ 2-of-5, no one shot well from 3.

The good thing was that the Bulls shot even worse from 3, including 4-of-20 from Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic.

I wouldn’t expect that either team shoots as poorly again in this game, but that benefits the Bucks more than the Bulls as Milwaukee shot 10 more 3s per game this season than Chicago. They shot 38 and 37 respectively in Game 1, but that’s not what the Bulls do on offense.

Going into Game 2, I expect a better offensive game from both teams but also for the Bucks to have a comfortable win. Game 1 felt like the best chance the Bulls will have to win (similar to Game 1 in the Miami Heat series last year), but there hasn’t been a game played in Chicago yet. Still, I’m predicting a Bucks win by at least 10 points.

dark. Next. Grades from the Milwaukee Bucks’ Game 1 win over Chicago Bulls

Will my prediction come true for the Milwaukee Bucks? Find out as tonight with tip-off scheduled for 8:30 pm CT!