NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Milwaukee 29 31 24 31 115
Chicago 26 30 25 20 101
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , November 18, 2019
United Center, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 17,565

Bulls looking for win in rematch with Bucks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls

  1. The Bucks beat the Bulls 124-115 on Thursday for their seventh straight win over Chicago -- their longest ever in the series. It also marks Milwaukee's longest active winning streak against any opponent.
  2. The Bucks defeated the Pacers 102-83 on Saturday to improve to 3-0 on the season against Central Division opponents. Since the start of last season, Milwaukee is 17-2 vs. the Central -- and that .895 winning percentage marks the league's best record in division games.
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo had three more 3-pointers Saturday, and is now 12-for-27 (44.4) from beyond the arc in his last five games after going 4-for-23 (17.4) in the season's first seven contests. Antetokounmpo has opened this season with 12 consecutive double-doubles, the longest stretch by a Buck to open a season in the past 30 years.
  4. Brook Lopez blocked five shots Saturday for his third game of the season with at least five blocks, tied with the Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis for the most in the league.
  5. The Bulls went 9-for-39 (23.1) from 3-point range in Saturday's 117-111 loss to the Nets. They are 4-3 when hitting at least 10 3s in a game and 0-6 when making nine or fewer.
  6. Lauri Markkanen is shooting 28.2 percent from 3-point range, beating out only the Warriors' Jordan Poole (25.3) for the lowest percentage in the league among the 40 players with at least 70 3-point attempts. Coby White has the fourth-worst mark at 30.1 percent.

The Milwaukee Bucks will go for their fourth win in a row when they visit the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

It will be the second meeting in five days between the teams, who played Thursday in Milwaukee in their first showdown of the season. The Bucks pulled away for a 124-115 win in that game thanks to standout performances from Giannis Antetokounmpo (38 points, 16 rebounds) and Eric Bledsoe (31 points, eight assists).

Chicago will try to prevent Antetokounmpo from having similar success on Monday, but it will not be easy to slow him down. The 24-year-old is averaging a career-best 30.1 points and shooting 58 percent from the field in 12 starts.

Bucks center Brook Lopez said Antetokounmpo deserves credit for improving his long-range shooting.

"It's special," Lopez told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "(It's) just a testament to how hard of a worker he is, because he's been in the gym all summer, been in the gym every day, constantly, every day just working on his game but obviously working on that as well."

The Bulls enter the game with losses in their past two games, three of four and five of seven. Chicago is coming off a 117-111 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, who did not have Kyrie Irving (shoulder) or Caris LeVert (thumb) in the lineup.

Frustrations are mounting in the Bulls' locker room, where Zach LaVine spoke about the team's sputtering offense.

"We get stagnant a lot out there," LaVine told reporters. "We'll run one action, and then everybody is staring at the person with the ball. We've got to get more fluid. I don't feel a lot of people are in rhythm. When that happens, obviously everybody starts trying to do it themselves.

"It's tough. I blame myself. I try to do that as well. I'm in the gym late. I'm putting up shots. I'm making sure I'm prepared so I can do everything I can to help. We've got to do a better job as a team."

The Bulls remain without veteran swingman Otto Porter Jr. because of a left foot sprain. That means second-year forward Chandler Hutchison will remain in the starting lineup along with Tomas Satoransky, LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.

Carter already has eight double-double performances in his first 13 games of the season. The second-year big man from Duke is averaging 13.6 points and 9.8 rebounds, both of which represent a boost from his rookie campaign.

Milwaukee will not have guard Khris Middleton, who is out for an extended period of time because of a left thigh contusion. He averaged 18.5 points in his first 10 games of the season before the injury.

Antetokounmpo is the clear-cut leader of the Bucks' offense, and Bledsoe is more than capable as a No. 2 threat. Brook Lopez is averaging 10.9 points in 12 games, but his twin brother, and teammate, Robin likely will draw a big cheer.

Robin Lopez spent the previous three seasons in Chicago, where he endeared himself to fans with his quirky personality. He is averaging 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in a bench role with the Bucks.

Chicago is 2-4 at home. Milwaukee is 6-2 on the road.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 17, 2019

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