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National Basketball Association
Preview
Chicago at Milwaukee
When: 5:30 PM ET, Saturday, April 25, 2015
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Chicago Bulls are eyeing a sweep when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks in Saturday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series. The Bucks have lost nine consecutive playoff contests and blew an opportunity to make it a series by falling 113-106 in double-overtime on Thursday.

Milwaukee led by as many as 18 points in Game 3 but squandered the lead and later came up empty with chances to win in the final seconds of both regulation and the first overtime. “We had a great chance to win the game twice,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd told reporters. “Effort was there the whole night, and guys played their hearts out to give us a chance to win against a very elite team.” The Chicago backcourt of Derrick Rose (34) and Jimmy Butler (24) combined for 58 points in Game 3 and the Bulls knocked down 14 3-pointers – five from Rose and four apiece from Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell. Chicago center Joakim Noah is averaging 14 rebounds in the series and power forward Pau Gasol (12.7 points, 14.3 rebounds) has posted three straight double-doubles.

TV: 5:30 p.m. ET, TNT, CSN Chicago, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

ABOUT THE BULLS: The strong play of Rose has been the story of the series as he scored his 34 points in a whopping 48 minutes in Game 3 to provide definitive proof that his knee woes are not an issue. Rose is averaging 24 points and eight assists and Butler has also stood out in each game by averaging 26.7 points in the series. “We have a very strong backcourt right now,” Noah told reporters. “Both (Jimmy) and Derrick, it’s very good and I’m happy to have them as teammates. They’re competing hard and it’s making us that much better.”

ABOUT THE BUCKS: Small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo shot just 25 percent from the field over the first two games before exploding for 25 points and 12 rebounds in Game 3. The 20-year-old nicknamed the “Greek Freak” played 51 minutes in the contest and was much more comfortable with the playoff stage than he was in the first two games of the series. “I was trying to be aggressive and try to make plays for my teammates,” Antetokounmpo told reporters. “I talked with my teammates and they told me not to think, don’t take second-guesses on the court because whenever you think on the court, you’re dead.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Dunleavy is 11-of-20 from 3-point range in the series and all his points have come from behind the arc.

2. Milwaukee backup C John Henson had 15 points and 14 rebounds in Game 3 and is 15-for-23 shooting in the series.

3. Chicago F Nikola Mirotic (knee, quadriceps) missed Game 3 and is uncertain for Saturday’s contest.

PREDICTION: Bucks 102, Bulls 94
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Chicago 53-32 W7 29-14 24-18 2-4 51-28 11-8 36-19
Milwaukee 41-44 L4 22-19 18-25 1-3 40-41 7-12 30-25
Last Meeting
Chicago Milwaukee
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/23/15 CHI 113 MIL 106 113 50 44.9 106 50 42.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Chicago D. Rose 34 52.2 5
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 25 45.5 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Chicago P. Gasol 14 2 12
Milwaukee J. Henson 14 6 8
Assists Player  
Chicago D. Rose 8
Milwaukee M. Carter-Williams 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Chicago P. Gasol 1570 48.5 324
Milwaukee K. Middleton 1183 46.2 147
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Chicago P. Gasol 1028 237 791
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 613 114 499
Assists Player  
Chicago J. Noah 353
Milwaukee J. Bayless 266
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Off vs  Milwaukee Defense
100.8 Points For
97.6 Points Against
44.1 FG%
43.6 FG%
46.1 Reb
43.3 Reb
Milwaukee Off vs  Chicago Defense
97.7 Points For
97.6 Points Against
45.6 FG%
43.4 FG%
43.3 Reb
43.5 Reb