MIL vs CHI Dream11: The Playoffs continue to churn out scintillating battles and surely, we have seen some upsets and there but some higher-ranked teams have established their domain. One of the major upsets came when the Pelicans downed the top-ranked Suns but apart from that, the East’s table raiders Heat has defeated the Hawks twice and the Philadelhpia 76ers also have two wins in the bag. The Bucks defeated the Bulls in the first game, can they repeat it?
In a low-scoring affair, the Bucks defeated the Bulls 93:86 as Giannis Antetokounmpo torched them for 27 points, however, as a team the Bucks were held way below their usual mark by a long shot. On the other hand, the Bulls offense crumbled in the face of a sustained defensive effort by the team in Green and will have to shoot better from the field to stand any sort of chance in this series.
ECFR Game 2
Host: Milwaukee Bucks
Visitors: Chicago Bulls
Match Timing: 21 April, @ 07:00 AM
Venue: Fiserv Forum
Bulls put on a fight but need more
The Bulls shot just 32% from the field in the last game and could only make 19% of their three-point attempts, surely this paints an ugly picture. However, the team had a strong third-quarter and kept the game within a point but the Bucks finished with a six-zero run in the last 90 seconds, which means that the Bulls had a leash on the disciplined Bucks offense throughout the game but needed a strong run which they didn’t get. Vucevic and LaVine both made just four out of their 20 attempts from three-point line(Yikes!)
DeRozan had a horrible shooting night, only going for 24% whereas LaVine and Vucevic both shot around 33%. The only efficient player for the Bulls turned out to be Coby White, who made half of his ten attempts. This was a hard-to-watch game, especially in the fourth quarter where both teams combined for mere 34 points, it is unlikely that such a low-scoring scenario will repeat again.
The Bucks had a horrid night too and they turned it over a bewildering 21 teams, Middleton coughing it up 7 times. The team shot just 26% from beyond the arc but the overall 40% shooting is respectable, thanks to Giannis. Lopez and Giannis also shot around 50% but Holiday and Middleton shot below 40%. A ton of misses meant a ton of rebounds, and both teams ended up with 50+ rebounds.
Surely, Giannis remains the hottest fantasy pick and he did reel in a big night in Game 1. Apart from him, Lopez and Portis’ combo once again fetched a ton of fantasy points in terms of points and rebounds whereas Middleton gave away a lot of turnovers. Pat Connaughton hasn’t been a reliable option these days and choosing Matthews in his stead has been a better option. Jrue Holiday remains a dependable fantasy option.
Despite a tough night, DeRozan will remain the hottest choice as the fantasy pick from the Bulls. However, Vucevic’s strong rebounding and scoring also lends him decent credibility. LaVine had a strong rebounding night but he was unable to capitalize on the offensive end. Coby White had a decent game so his stocks may have risen while Patrick Williams can also bring value. Dosunmu barely played 10 minutes while Caruso appears a safer pick compared to him.
Top Scorer: Giannis Antetokounmpo: 35
Highest Rebounder: Giannis Antetokounmpo: 16
Top Assists Deliverer: Jrue Holiday: 9
Scoreline Prediction: Bucks 116 Bulls 107
Milwaukee Bucks Team News:
Bucks Expected Starting Five
Athletic Ace: PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
All-around sharpshooting Wing: Khris Middleton
Help Defender: C: Brook Lopez
Defensive specialist: SG: Wesley Matthews
Floor General: PG : Jrue Holiday
Bench: Serge Ibaka, Jordan Nwora, Bobby Portis, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Sandro Mamukelashvili.
Chicago Bulls News:
Bulls Expected Starting Five
Defensive Forward: PF: Patrick Williams
Rebounding Specialist: C: Nikola Vucevic
High-scoring ISO wing: SF: DeMar DeRozan
High-scoring ISO Guard: SG: Zach LaVine
Defensive Specialist: G: Alex Caruso
BENCH: Troy Brown Jr, Tyler Cook, Patrick Williams, Ayo Dosunmu, Coby White, Tristan Thompson, Alfonzo McKinnie, Matt Thomas, Malcolm Hill, Marko Samonovic.
Power Forward Giannis was able to get it going on the offensive end in a game where most of the players struggled and his hard-to-the-rim style surely helped him out. I expect a 30+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 1+ steals/blocks range. He can be considered as a Star/Pro Player in theDream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-67
DeMar had a tough game, just clicking on six of his 25 attempts from the field and there is no doubt that the Bulls’ chances are negligible if he doesn’t fire. I see him coming in with a much stronger game and being in 25-30 points and 4-6 assists/rebounds effort.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-48
Jrue shot 6/16 in the last game and although he does struggle in the Postseason at times, I have a strong belief that he will have much better shooting outings this time around. I see a 20-26 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 6-9 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-45
LaVine’s Playoffs debut was as hard as it gets and the Guard shot just 6/19 from the field although did come up with a strong rebounding night. I expect a 18-24 points range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-36
Middleton had a tough first game, shooting just 1/7 from three and turning it over seven times. However, he showed in the last Playoffs that he can recover from a tough night and come up big. I expect a 20-25 points, 4-6 assists/rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-43
Vooch had the most attempts from the field in the last game but he could only connect on nine of his 27 attempts but did have nine offensive rebounds. I expect him to be in 16-21 points and 11-15 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45
PG: J Holiday
SG: C White
SF: W Matthews, D DeRozan(PP)
PF: G Antetokounmpo(SP), P Williams
C: B Portis, B Lopez
PG: J Holiday(PP)
SG: Z LaVine(SP), C White
SF: K Middleton, W Matthews
PF: P Williams
C: B Portis, N Vucevic
Giannis Antetokounmpo can wreak havoc on the floor and make you follow him all game along, don’t you want to see the Playoffs version of him being unlocked? However, in not the most encouraging news for Indian NBA fans, you can’t watch this match on the streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot, two official streaming platforms for NBA games in India. Then how can you follow the action? I recommend purchasing the annual subscription(599 rupees per year) in the NBA League Pass and you can both catch live games and also go through the full game replays. To know the scores, news, stats, and other NBA stuff, visit the official website of the NBA.