Preview 2022 Qualifiers | Milwaukee (3) – Chicago (6)

The Bucks and Bulls have both had interesting regular seasons. The first, as a good carrier, has gone through the season without the spur of recent years. Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates were serious, winning 51 games, with some big victories to prove morale. But since they were in management and Brock Lopez missed a good part of the season, it’s clear that we were a long way from the level of the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

In fact, Milwaukee took a month to launch and then held its place in the 4th place in the Eastern Conference. Mike Budenholzer’s forces may have had the legs to finish first in their conference, but that third place is a chance on paper.

why ? Because the bulls have been easy prey for the past few weeks. Until the All-Star Game, Chicago had the tagline of the team no one really wanted to face. DeMar DeRozan has been developing at the MVP level and the franchise renewal was one of the great stories of the 2021/22 season.

Leaders in the East at the weekend’s time, the Bulls faltered next in the standings, due to several injuries (Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball, Zach Lavigne), and a chronic inability to raise their level of play at the senior level. The stables present themselves. After the star match, Billy Donovan’s players won only 8 matches for 15 losses. The face of the team has changed (46 successes), and it is clear that it is no longer intimidating.

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pregnant : G. Antetokounmpo J. Holiday B. Lopez W. Matthews K. Middleton
alternatives : B. Portis, G. Allen, P. Connaughton, G. Hill, S. Ibaka, J. Carter
the coach : Mike Budenholzer

strength point

Experience. While the Bulls haven’t been in the playoffs since 2017, the Bucks are the title holders and have been the favorites for four seasons now. Conference Finals in 2019, Champion in 2021, The Wisconsin franchise is used for the Spring Games. Players have good refinement, they know how to press the right button to get into Match Mode and evolve to their best level. There is no risk of them being affected by the event or circumstances.

Giannis Anticonmo. The Greek once again had a massive regular season, worthy of my campaign as the best player. With 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists on average, it’s the Bucks’ main weapon and still hard to stop. He’s still hungry and no longer has the pressure to win the title. Still a strong and liberating player now, the best player in the 2021 finals could be even more dangerous…especially since on paper, we don’t see who can stop him.

Weak points

Annoying team. With their last season finished in July 2021 and Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday continuing their Olympic (and gold medal) adventure in Tokyo, the Bucks managed the regular season, without compulsion but also without full authority. Brooke Lopez missed several months of competition and tampered with Mike Budenholzer until the end of the season, changing his rotation. Is the machine in place for dangerous things?

Less sovereign defense. Best Defense in the League Between 2018 and 2020, the Bucks have continued their decline in the standings this season. Last tenth, they finished this exercise in fourteenth place. Lopez’s prolonged absence is one reason for this lack of superiority. Sure, fouling is always effective, but this year, on 19 occasions, Milwaukee have allowed their opponents to reach or exceed the 120-point mark and the defending champion has only managed to get away with it five times. Therefore, the defense, as in the playoffs, will be able to make the difference.

Presenting bubbles

pregnant : A. Caruso, D. DeRozan, P. Williams, Z. LaVine, N. Vucevich
alternatives : J. Green, C. White, A. Dosunmu, Derrick Jones Jr., T. Thompson
absent : Lonzo Ball
the coach : Billy Donovan

strength point

Demar DeRozan. With an average of 27.9 points, the All-Star team had the best season of their career, at the age of 32. The former Toronto and San Antonio brought his ultimate experience and skill to this Chicago team. With his decisive points and baskets at the end of the game, he saved the Illinois forces from a lot of complicated situations. With Zach LaVine having a knee injury and no playoff experience, the All-Star is Chicago’s primary offensive choice. Any success will pass him by.

United Centre. The legendary Bulls Chamber has not seen the playoffs since 2017. The worst dry spell in the series’ history, after the start of the 2000s, following Michael Jordan’s departure for the second time. Chicago fans have responded this season and with Series One after five years of waiting, it’s clear they’ll want to support their team. Especially since the Bulls have the ninth league record at home, with 27 wins in 41 games.

Weak points

dynamic. When you finish the season with 15 defeats in 23 matches, it is clearly not ideal to face the defending champion. The injured are back, except for the Lonzo Ball, but the past few weeks have been tough and the Bulls have never found solutions. The playoff atmosphere may breathe new life into this group, but Chicago is showing a much paler, more anxious face than it did in January and February.

The inability to beat the big teams. After each loss, the bulls said the same words, and expected the same reactions. But months passed and the trend never reversed. Chicago couldn’t raise their bar to beat the top teams. The numbers are scary: 0-4 against Milwaukee, 0-4 against Miami, 0-4 against Philadelphia. The only victory over Boston (1-2) goes back to the start of the season, on November 1. The situation is no better in the West: No victory over the Suns and Grizzlies Warriors. That’s the downside of the season for DeMar DeRozan and co and it clearly doesn’t bode well for the playoffs.

key chain

Bulls defense. The Bucks possess one of the best attacks in the league and a weapon of mass destruction with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Therefore, to exist for several consecutive meetings, the Bulls will have to defend like never before. The last games of the regular season have been particularly worrisome in this region. Without an effective, intense defense and a certain level of focus, Billy Donovan’s players will be followed throughout the series, as in the last two encounters against the Greek and his gang in the final three weeks of the season.

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Milwaukee 4-0

January 21 : Milwaukee Chicago (94-90)
March 4 : Chicago-Milwaukee (112-118)
March 22 : Milwaukee-Chicago (126-98)
April 5 : Chicago-Milwaukee (106-127)

judgment

Can the bulls make this feat? In February, the duel was more balanced. Two months later, Chicago is on a very slippery slope to rock the earnest title holder and still-dominant Giannis Antikonmo.

Regardless of season times, injuries or dynamics, Chicago hasn’t been able to beat the big teams for six months. So how can you imagine DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine inflicting four defeats on the Bucks in less than two weeks? In addition, their defense is very fragile.

If the defending champions, as you’d expect, go up to the playoffs and target the double, the bulls won’t have the weapons to keep up with the entire series. Maybe just to grab a match, at home, with DeMar DeRozan’s concert and a crazy audience. But a little more.

Milwaukee 4-1

Schedule

1 . game : In Milwaukee, Sunday, April 17 (12:30 a.m. from Sunday night to Monday in France)
2 . game : In Milwaukee, Wednesday, April 20 (3:30 a.m. in France)
3 . game : In Chicago, Friday, April 22 (2:30 a.m. in France)
4 . game : In Chicago, Sunday 24 April (7:00 pm in France)
5* game : In Milwaukee, Wednesday, April 27 (TBD)
6* game : In Chicago, Friday, April 29 (TBD)
7* game : In Milwaukee, Sunday, May 1 (TBD)

* If necessary.

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