Bulls vs. Bucks Game 6 Preview & Prediction

The Milwaukee Bucks have turned up the intensity, winning two games in a row over the Chicago Bulls after losing the first three. Can they force a Game 7 with another home victory, or will Chicago finally clinch the series and 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:

Derrick Rose's production

Rose has struggled in this series where he's had only one day to rest between games, shooting under 30 percent from the floor while the Bulls have posted a 1-2 record. When they've had two days between games, Rose is shooting 54 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from three-point range - and the Bulls are 2-0. With both teams having two days to rest before this Game 6, expect Rose to have a big game.

Milwaukee’s defense

The Bucks’ defense is one of the best in the league, and they've really clamped down on Chicago in the past two games, holding the Bulls to just 89 points per game. Their length has really bothered Chicago's ability to get into the paint, and if they can turn the Bulls into a jump-shooting team, they'll pull off another win.

Prediction: Bulls win 94-88

Milwaukee has more hope than they've every had in this series, but Chicago is playing with an increased level of desperation as they don't want to play in a Game 7. That increased level of intensity will prove to be the difference in this one.

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