Bulls vs. Bucks Game 3 Preview & Prediction

The Chicago Bulls had a much tougher time beating the Milwaukee Bucks in chippy Game 2, but they're in control of this series as it heads to Milwaukee. Will they continue to dominate and take a 3-0 series lead, or will the Bucks get back in the series with a win at home?

Projected Starting Lineups

(3) Chicago Bulls (50-32)

G Derrick Rose – 17.7 ppg, 4.9 apg
G Jimmy Butler – 20.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg
F Mike Dunleavy – 9.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg
F Pau Gasol – 18.5 ppg, 11.8 rpg
C Joakim Noah – 7.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 4.7 apg

(6) Milwaukee Bucks (41-41)

G Michael Carter-Williams –14.1 ppg, 5.6 apg

G Khris Middleton – 13.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg

F Giannis Antetokounmpo – 12.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg

F Ersan Ilyasova – 11.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg

C Zaza Pachulia – 8.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg

What to watch for:

How will Chicago deal with their injuries?

The Bulls were extremely limited during the regular season because they couldn't stay healthy, and after just two games with a fully roster, they're dealing with injuries again in the playoffs. Forward Nikola Mirotic (quad), Chicago's sixth man, will not play in Game 3, limiting the Bulls' versatility and depth. Look for Taj Gibson to get more minutes in his absence, but he doesn't stretch a defense like Mirotic does.

Will the Greek Freak have his breakout game?

Giannis Antetokounmpo is Milwaukee's most talented healthy player (Jabari Parker is still on the roster), but he hasn't played like so far in the postseason. He's averaging just nine points per game on 25 percent shooting from the field, and the Bucks need him to play much better than that if they're going to have a chance in this series.

Prediction: Bulls win 96-92

Milwaukee will lead for most of the game because of the spark they'll receive from playing at home, but the Bulls just have too much firepower on both ends of the floor.

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