Holding a 1-0 lead heading into game two, the Milwaukee Bucks will look to take the prime position in their playoffs series against Chicago on Thursday at Fiserv Forum.
In what was a battle of attrition in game one, the Bucks made the most of limited opportunity in a low-scoring affair to keep the Bulls at arms-length in a 93-86 win.
The Greek Freak in Giannis Antetokounmpo went for 27 points and 16 rebounds in a dominant display when buckets were had to come by for both teams.
One thing we can rely upon with the Bucks is their ability to get the balance between offence and defence right on the money.
It has usually been a scary offensive onslaught which has buried teams throughout their championship triumph of 2020/21 and through this season.
But a reliance on defence when needed is what the Bulls felt the full brunt of in game one.
Chicago does have scoring threats capable of troubling the Bucks defence, namely, DeMar DeRozan, who has had a stellar season, but was well held on Monday.
There seems to be plenty of scope for improvement for both teams on the offensive end coming into this contest, but we feel there is a higher floor for the Bucks.
They are a well-oiled machine and know how the get the job done at this time of the season.
Suggested Bet: Milwaukee Bucks -9.5 at $1.90