Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/26/17

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks

Bucks: Antetokounmpo opened the game by making all five of his shots and a pair of free throws in the first 6:27, but picked up his second foul a minute later and went to the bench. However, he was a non-factor in the final quarter as Chicago - specifically guard David Nwaba - held him to just four points and one field goal, a 3-pointer with 1:45 to play.

It coincided with the return of Nikola Mirotic, who missed the team's first 23 games after getting punched in the face by teammate Bobby Portis in the preseason.

Throughout the gameplan, the Milwaukee Bucks' aggression could clearly use some scaling back, because even during the holiday season, they simply can't afford to keep gifting the opposition points at this rate.

Chicago took the lead for good, 86-85, on a 3-pointer by Mirotic with 10:59 left. Heading into this game, that may prove to be a valuable lesson learned by a team who often play down to their competition. Dunn had 20 points, 12 assists and four steals.

"I think we're ready", Knicks center Enes Kanter said to the New York Post.

Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said expectations were "a little bit too high" for his team, which has lost five of seven. He entered play Tuesday night second in the league with 29.6 points per game. Chicago's recent form is undeniable though, and they were able to knock off the Bucks during their surprising win streak just last week.

The Bulls have won eight of the last 10 games and now are 11-22 this season.

"We just have to be cautious in this situation", Antetokounmpo said afterward.

"We were just sloppy", Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton said. He will practice with the Bulls later this week and will begin six consecutive days of full-contact work Saturday as he continues to work his way back from ACL surgery.

The 20-year-old will look to bounce back from his dismal performance, and help the Bucks snap out of their two-game losing skid on Thursday, when they go up against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hornets: Host the Celtics on Wednesday night.

Chicago Bulls' Lauri Markkanen drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Milwaukee.

Bulls' form - Through the first 23 games of the season, the Bulls were the worst team in the National Basketball Association.

Kris Dunn was huge tonight for the Bulls. Markkanen scored a season-low-tying three points on 1 for 7 shooting. I don't know how to feel about the Chicago Bulls. "They were 7-2 in their last nine, and their losses were to Boston and Cleveland".

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