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MIL vs CHI Dream11 Prediction NBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls

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MIL vs CHI Dream11: The Playoffs are here and the Timberwolves have shown the way to the lower-ranked teams after upsetting the second-seeded Grizzlies. However, it is clear to me at least that most higher-ranked teams will make it to the next round ultimately and we will have to wait on the result of the other game versus the Wolves and Grizzlies to make a claim for an obvious advantage. Can the struggling Chicago Bulls turn it around versus the Milwaukee Bucks?

The Bucks are the defending champions and with a spearhead like Giannis Antetokounmpo, they will surely be confident of at least making it to the Conference Finals. However, the road is tricky and the first order of business will be against the Bulls. Still, the Bucks look like clear favorites in this series.

The Bulls lost their way completely towards the end of the Regular Season and showcased little to no fight during most of the games after they had started on a high note. Due to the loss of form, they will be entering as the underdogs here against the formidable attack of the Bucks.

ECFR Game 1
Host: Milwaukee Bucks
Visitors: Chicago Bulls
Match Timing: 18 April, @ 04:00 AM
Venue: Fiserv Forum

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Bucks can get a sweep here

Considering how poorly the Bulls finished the season, they will need to conjure up something special in this game. Register the fact that without Lonzo Ball, the Bulls have looked like at best a Play-in tournament-level team and could have finished there if the Nets didn’t lose Durant in the middle. The biggest concern has been the team’s lack of defensive pressure and due to that, they have fallen behind by a lot. Then the other big concern has been the clear lack of success against elite teams, something that can haunt the squad.

And you can’t make it to even the Second Round of the Playoffs if you haven’t shown the determination to beat the elite squads. Therefore, the Bulls have to do a lot of homework. Patrick Williams will need to take care of Bucks’ ace Giannis Antetokounmpo as only he can keep up with him in terms of size and athleticism, but hey, you can’t stop this incredible player in a one-on-one setting, you’ll need help from others and this is where Vucevic will have to come up big, and frankly, his play has been highly inconsistent on the defensive end.

But the headaches don’t end there for the Bulls, what about Middleton and Holiday? While Caruso may be able to keep Holiday at bay for a while, the Bulls will find it difficult to take care of Middleton, who knows how to take advantage of weak defensive teams. Seriously, how till the Bulls tackle this highly-rated trio considering their defense has been caught flat-footed more often than not.

The Bulls do have some offensive weaponry, DeRozan’s contributions are the main reason they made it to the Playoffs but the trick became obvious by the end of the season and the iso threat was kept quiet. Zach LaVine has to play at his peak because there is no way that DeRozan can by himself outshoot Giannis, Middleton, and Holiday. Vucevic has struggled offensively at times especially away from home while off-then-bench guard Coby White saw his touch disappear. This is why the Bucks bench of Portis and Connaughton can also extract an advantage. Bulls have their hands full because Center Lopez can also give Vucevic trouble.
Fantasy-related tips
Choosing Giannis as your ace Fantasy option is always a terrific idea while it may be wise to elect one among Middleton or Holiday in the lineup. Connaughton has looked a risky option but Portis will at least hammer down boards while Lopez has been a dependable Fantasy option, usually I prefer picking these two together. On the other hand, when it comes to the Bulls, DeRozan has been key but LaVine can turn on the heat too. Vucevic will at least bring top-notch rebounding but his offense has been up-and-down. It is tough to call who among Dosunmu, White, Caruso, or Williams can stuff the statsheet here.

Performance Predictions

Top Scorer: Giannis Antetokounmpo: 37
Highest Rebounder: Giannis Antetokounmpo: 15
Top Assists Deliverer: Jrue Holiday: 10
Scoreline Prediction: Bucks 126 Bulls 109

Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Milwaukee Bucks Team News:

  • Jordan Nwora is PROBABLE

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:

  • Lonzo Ball is OUT for the game and remains without a timetable to return.
  • Matt Thomas is QUESTIONABLE

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.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Giannis Antetokounmpo(MIL)
Antetokounmpo is sure to wreak havoc as the athletic and muscular Power Forward and he can dominate on both ends of the floor. I expect a 30-38 points, 11-17 rebounds, 5-7 assists, and 1-3 blocks/steals range from him. He can be considered as a Star/Pro Player in theDream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-67

DeMar DeRozan(CHI)
When DeRozan scored 30+ points, the Bulls ended up winning at least 75% of their games and the high-yielding wing will once again be slated to perform a major offensive role against the length of the Bucks. I expect him to be in 25-32 points and 4-6 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44

Jrue Holiday(MIL)
Since Holiday is running the show for the Bucks at the Point Guard position, they have become a much more competitive squad and he does get a lot done that reflects both on the statsheet and in terms of optics. He can be in 17-22 points, 7-10 assists, 4-6 rebounds, and 2-3 steals range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-50

Zach LaVine(CHI)
Zachary is entering the Playoffs for the first time in now a long NBA career and he’ll like to see a big-time performance from both himself and the team. I expect the talented Guard to be in 22-26 points, 5-7 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45

Khris Middleton(MIL)
Khris turns on the heat during the Playoffs time and he has had some huge scoring nights for the Bucks that have resulted in big wins, but he does a lot more than scoring and can be an effective rebounder and playmaker. I expect a 19-25 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-47

Nikola Vucevic(CHI)
Vucevic led the Bulls in rebounding during the Regular Season but the team will also need the Center to step up his scoring and defense against the threatening Bucks. He can be in 13-18 points and 9-14 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-40

MIL vs CHI DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

  • Brook Lopez(MIL) has improved the depth for the Bucks since his return from injury and he ups his game in the Playoffs, especially as a defender. I expect him to be in 11-16 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-2 steals/blocks range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-26
  • Patrick Williams(CHI) is going to have his hands full guarding Antetokounmpo and he will have to concentrate a lot. I expect a 8-12 points, 5-7 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-27
  • Bobby Portis(MIL) provides incredible depth to the Bucks bench and has been a strong rebounder and multi-faceted scorer. I expect a 7-13 points and 7-11 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-23
  • Grayson Allen(MIL) will be expected to knock down open shots created by the talented scoring frontline. He can be in 9-12 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-16
  • Alex Caruso(CHI) has struggled on the offensive end but provides strong defense and playmaking. I expect a 4-7 points, 4-7 assists, and 2-3 steals range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 12-23
  • Coby White(CHI) completely lost his rhythm after a strong start and I expect him to be in 8-13 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-16
  • Pat Connaughton(MIL) can give quality minutes either as a wing or off-guard. I expect a 5-10 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 7-12
  • Ayo Dosunmu(CHI) has had an impressive rookie year but let us see how many minutes he gets. I expect a 6-11 points and 3-5 assists range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-23
  • JaVonte Green(CHI) has been a decent bench player but may not play many minutes here.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 3-8
  • Tristan Thompson(CHI) may not get many minutes here.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 4-12
  • Wesley Matthews(MIL) is the starting guard whose prime focus is perimeter defense. He can be in 4-9 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 7-13

MIL vs CHI Dream11 Lineup

(Recommended)
PG: J Holiday, A Dosunmu

SG: G Allen, P Connaughton
SF: D DeRozan(PP)
PF: G Antetokounmpo(SP), P Williams
C:   B Lopez

(Alternate)
PG:  A Dosunmu

SG: P Connaughton, Z LaVine(PP)
SF: K Middleton
PF: G Antetokounmpo(SP), P Williams
C:    B Portis, B Lopez

Where to watch NBA Live Score?

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.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.