3 keys for Milwaukee Bucks to steal Game 3 on the road vs Chicago Bulls

Apr 5, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez. Chicago Bulls: Alex Caruso, Nikola Vucevic
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The Milwaukee Bucks need to be more careful and secure with the ball in Game 3

The Bucks can be so bizarre to watch at times. There are stretches where they look unbeatable and the team that we all expect them to be. Then there are times when it seems like they’ve forgotten how to play the sport altogether.

The Bucks’ big three has a combined 29 turnovers through two games and Middleton didn’t even play a full Game 2. It’s to be expected that those three have more turnovers since they’re the ones doing most of the ball-handling and difficult passing, but 29 is excessive.

Some Middleton detractors will note that him being out may lead to fewer turnovers but it also means that guys like Grayson Allen and Jevon Carter will be asked to do more as well. Also, as I noted, so will Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Bulls have scored 17 percent of their total points in this series off of Bucks turnovers, the fifth-best rate in the playoffs so far. Caruso, DeRozan, and Patrick Williams have combined for 11 steals. They’re doing a good job at forcing the Bucks into tough passes, getting into passing lanes, digging in on drives, and just being very active at the defensive end which has led to some Bucks mistakes.

Milwaukee isn’t doing itself any favors by throwing some careless passes, but you have to give the Bulls some credit as well.

The Bucks were just outside of the top 10 in turnovers per game during the regular season at 13.4 and were at 12.8 per game in the playoffs. I’d bet on a lower turnover number than the first two games in this one.