The Chicago Bulls are struggling at 4-11, near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The addition of hometown boy, Jabari Parker has not yet paid dividends as he is a major liability on the defensive side of the ball. Zach LaVine has been the lone bright spot for the Bulls, as he has returned stronger from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of last season. LaVine is averaging 25.9ppg and he has extended his shooting range and still possess explosiveness to attack the basket. Kris Dunn is still finding his feet to run Chicago's offense. He is averaging 7.0 assists per game, but often struggles to establish Chicago's tempo.
Milwaukee have started the season on fire at 10-4 with impressive wins over Golden State and Toronto. Coach Mike Budenholzer has the Bucks playing a much faster pace: the Bucks are leading the league in scoring at 121.6 PPG and they share the ball well ranked #2 in assists per game at 27.3.Giannis Antetokounmpo is a legit MVP candidate averaging 25.8ppg, 12.7rpg and 5.6apg. His versatility is incredible and Chicago will not have an answer for him on the defensive end of the ball. The Bucks rank #3 in blocks per game. Milwaukee's length, with Giannis, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and John Henson will create major problems for Chicago. That length creates offence from defence and Milwaukee are able to get lots of easy buckets in transition.
For Chicago to challenge Milwaukee, the Bulls must shoot the ball well from the outside. The Bulls have the talent on their roster to do so, but over 15 games, their outside shooting has been inconsistent (35.6%).