The Chicago Bulls are at home to face the revamped Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night in an Eastern Conference showdown.
Many figured that the Bucks might keep exactly the same team together close to the trade deadline, nevertheless they made moves to attempt to get better yet by dealing Brandon Knight in a three-team deal and acquiring Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis, and Miles Plumlee in return. The move was a surprise, particularly due to how well Knight has played up to now this season, but the chance to get last year’s “Rookie of the Year” in Carter-Williams proved too much to pass up.
The Bulls are actually finally healthy for the very first time in an exceedingly long time. As has been the storyline all season, as long as Derrick Rose stays on to the floor, the Bulls are a contender to win the NBA championship. They’ve one of the greatest passing big man duos in the league in Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol, and key bench players like Aaron Brooks, Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson should be huge moving forward and into the playoffs this year.
The important thing matchup with this game will undoubtedly be Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Gasol. His jump shot continues to be quite definitely a work-in-progress, and if the Bucks desire to steal this game in Chicago, he should be described as a huge pest on defense as well.
Ultimately, I see the Bulls winning this game rather easily. The Bucks just got beaten on their property floor by the Atlanta Hawks yesterday and it’ll take some time to allow them to get accustomed to their new teammates. Expect the Bulls to start the jets here and make in-roads on getting a very good seed in the East this season, a win in this spot will help them accomplish this goal