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Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Preview, Injury Report, and Open Thread

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Going for two in a row again

New York Knicks v Chicago Bulls Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

Chicago Bulls (7-3) at Milwaukee Bucks (4-7)

7:00 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago

Injury Report:

Otto Porter is still out. Zach LaVine (ankle) and Lauri Markkenen (oblique) have missed some practice this week, but both should play.

For the Bucks, Kris Middleton is sidelined for weeks with a thigh injury. Donte DiVincenzo is starting for Middleton tonight.

Preview:

First, please forgive me for inadvertently sending bad luck Cristiano Felicio’s way.

Last time I wrote a preview, I openly wondered if people had forgotten that ‘Big Cris’ was on the team since he hasn’t been on the active roster yet this season. Just a few days later, the news dropped that Felicio broke his wrist in practice and would miss 4-8 weeks as a result.

Okay, now that I have apologized and we’ve had more Felicio talk in the last two days than we’ve had in the last six months, let’s move on to other topics.

The Bulls play the Bucks. In Fiserv Forum. Will this game be close?

If Coby White explodes for seven more 3-pointers in a single quarter it will be for sure. The Bulls rookie is still glowing in the after effect of what could be the signature game of his rookie year. Already checked and North Carolina doesn’t have a game tonight, so hopefully Roy Williams can attend the Bulls game again.

Even after his explosion of 3-pointers last night, White is still shooting the ball only 28.6 percent from deep for the season.

Open season for deer hunting doesn’t start until tomorrow, yet a very key Buck is already wounded. Khris Middleton, the rangy 6-foot-7-inch wing who averages 18.5 points per game while playing great defense, is sidelined with a left thigh bruise and will miss 3-4 weeks of action.

Which probably means more Giannis on both sides of the ball. If you thought the Greek Freak was good last season during his MVP campaign, then take a gander at his numbers this season. His per-36 minute averages are up in scoring, rebounding, and assists compared to last season and he’s hit 12 3-point field goals this year at a 30 percent clip. He leads The Association in player efficiency rating (by over three points), win shares per 48 minutes, and value over replacement player.

He’s otherworldly good and was available at No. 15 in 2013. Shame on the 14 teams that passed him up (the Bulls picked after the Bucks that year).

If you’re into former Bulls nostalgia this a good game for you. Kyle Korver is still chugging along in the league, while Robin Lopez traded Bulls black and red for Bucks green and the opportunity to play with his twin brother in the city north of Chicago.

Random Stat:

It opened in the summer of 2018 so it’s not like this is a crazy stat or anything, but the Chicago Bulls are still looking for their first win at Fiserv Forum. They lost both games in the new building last season.

Quote:

Kris Dunn stays on brand.