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Inconsistent Bucks play host to also inconsistent Bulls

 

A win over the Chicago Bulls would be enormous for the Milwaukee Bucks. Both teams are looking to steer their season into the right direction for good. They also both come from opposite ends of the spectrum this season. The Bulls have spent most the season under .500, trying to salvage their season and make a push for the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Bucks started off the year red hot, guided by rookie sensation Brandon Jennings. But bad play as of late has Milwaukee sitting with a 14-18 record, but they currently would be the final Eastern Conference team in the postseason.

While they have their differences, these teams have many similarities, too. They both have nearly identical records; both have sensational, young players in Brandon Jennings and Derrick Rose; and they both have played inconsistently throughout the season. Both Milwaukee and Chicago need to be able to play to their full potential on a regular basis if they want to be considered contenders, and not pretenders.

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If Milwaukee expects to win, they need to win the rebound battle and need to pile up points. The Bulls average 92.3 points per game, but they also give up an average of 97.6 points per game. Rebounding could definitely be the difference in the game. Chicago has averaged more rebounds than their opponents, while Milwaukee has averaged fewer rebounds than their opponents, but just barely. The Jennings-Rose match-up looks like it could be awesome. Both players average around 19 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds per game. Rose was last year’s Rookie of the Year, and Jennings has been making his case to receive that accolade this season.

 


After this game, both teams will be headed off in very different directions. The Bulls have a good chance to move up the standings, as 5 of their next 6 games will be against teams with losing records. The Bucks, however, face a tougher schedule, with their next 6 games on the road, and 5 of those teams having winning records. This means that a win over the Bucks could help propel the Bulls to a decent winning streak, while a win could give them some momentum before they hit the road. As far as January regular season games go, this is a pretty big one for both teams involved.

 

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By: Zach Rastall
ProBasketball-fans.com Milwaukee Bucks Correspondent


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