Bulls vs. Bucks Game 5 Preview & Prediction

The Milwaukee Bucks kept their season alive with a buzzer beater to beat the Chicago Bulls, and are hoping to keep the momentum going in Game 5. Can they do just that, or will the Bulls advance to the second round?

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:

Can Derrick Rose bounce back?

Rose has had a really good in the playoffs so far, but he scored a series-low 14 points on 5/13 shooting in Game 4. The heavy workload seems to be taking a toll of Rose's production, and he needs to bounce back in Game 5 to show the Cleveland Cavaliers - who they'll face in the next round - that he's a threat every single night.

Milwaukee's bench production

The Bucks' bench was the reason they won Game 4 as Jerryd Bayless, O.J. Mayo, Jared Dudley, and John Henson combined for 47 points, while Chicago's reserves scored just 13 points. That edge gave Milwaukee the huge advantage they needed to make up for the talent gap between them and Bulls, and they'll need it again tonight if they're going to win.

Prediction: Bulls win 102-90

Milwaukee stole Game 4, but Chicago won't let them win again on their home court. The Bulls will hold a comfortable lead throughout the game and cruise to a relatively easy victory.

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