For those not deeply following Milwaukee Bucks news, the Bucks will be missing Andrew Bogut who fractured his left ankle. Tough news for them. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls will get a lift with the return of Taj Gibson [pending any late setbacks] from his ankle sprain. All in all, the game shouldn't be much of a challenge for Chicago.
A Bulls team pissed off from their lack of focus against Indiana will likely look to crush the hapless Bucks to redeem themselves. Without Bogut, the Bucks lack much presence inside, and it should be a field day for Chicago at the rim.
Shooters need to shoot
Scott Skiles will jam the paint with bodies in an effort to keep Derrick Rose from scoring easy baskets at the rim. The Bulls will need some shooters to knock down their shots in order to perform at a high level against Milwaukee.
Much like Thibodeau, Skiles gears his defense towards overloading the strong side of the court, so quick passing should allow the Bulls to get good looks on the weak side. The Bulls have been one of the better passing teams in the NBA, so as long as they execute well and look to move the ball they should fair well.
Milwaukee has been better than their record
The Bucks might be 7-10, but they've had a murderers row for a schedule so far. They've largely lost to most of the high caliber teams on the schedule, but they recently beat Miami and New York on the road and have won their last three road games after dropping their first eight.
Some of that is mitigated by the fact that Andrew Bogut is now out, so the team probably isn't as good as the team that was playing reasonably well earlier.
Jam the paint on these guys
There's no one on this team that scares you beyond the three point line. Carlos Delfino might get hot as could Brandon Jennings, but neither are consistently good. The Bucks don't have much shooting range, so play the drive all night long and see if they can beat you from the perimeter.
No Booz birds out tonight
Carlos Boozer should have a field day against Drew Gooden, the poor man's Boozer. The Bucks don't have much to throw at the Bulls in terms of stopping Boozer, especially since I believe they'll overload their defense to stop Rose.
Go get the win
The Bucks have a way of mucking up games just like the Bulls did under Skiles. They'll try to keep it close and win at the end, however, if the Bulls execute and remain focused they should pull away from Milwaukee easily and keep the game from becoming a scrap fest.