The Chicago Bulls host a Milwaukee Bucks team that has failed to live up to expectations and is now missing point guard Brandon Jennings. On top of that, Corey Maggette and John Salmons are questionable for the game tonight as well possibly limiting their fire power considerably.
The Bulls are about to start off through a difficult stretch in their schedule after fattening up over the weak Decmeber/January schedule, so the Bulls need to take these games while they can.
Keys to the game
Derrick Rose will fight through a wave of defenders
Scott Skiles loves to defend the paint fiercely with a whole ton of bodies. Derrick's going to find a wall of defender when attempting to get into the paint. I expect Skiles to not focus so much on trapping Rose on the perimeter as much as I expect him to just leave far more defenders on the interior to harass him.
The result will be Derrick Rose taking more mid range shots or drawing fouls against the internal wall of players.
Carlos Boozer will have a field day
The Bucks have no one to defend him. In the post they might put Bogut on him, but Boozer will kill Bogut with his speed if he has to step out and defend him 18 feet from the basket and will shoot jumpers over him if he doesn't.
Anyone other than Bogut is likely to be crushed in the post. This is a game where Boozer should rack up plenty of points or have lots of assist opportunities out of double teams.
Milwaukee has no offense, we have great defense
Skiles recently quipped that to get better they needed to start scoring more than 91 a game. Well, not likely tonight. The Bulls defense should absolutely eat these guys alive. The Bulls need to focus on not giving them easy opportunities and expect the Bucks to throw out a score in the low 80s.
Don't get dragged down to their level
Skiles seems great at dragging teams down to his level and beating them with less talent. The Bulls have had stretches where they've been dragged down to the level of weaker opponents as well. They need to remain focused and not let that happen tonight.
I will be loving it live tonight
In the Derrick Rose era, I believe the Bulls are 18-1 when I attend the games including playoff contests. I'm also going with my buddy Raj, I don't think the Bulls have ever lost a game that Raj and I attended together (probably around 10-0).
Seems like everything is in place for an easy win. The Bulls can't look ahead to Orlando on Friday though and need to take care of business tonight. Chicago needs someone to go and kick some Wisconsin ass after Sunday, it's up to the Bulls to enact some vengeance.