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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Odds & Prediction: January 9th 2013

January 9th, 2013

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls
Betting Prediction: Chicago -5.5 -110 odds (January 9th 2013)

My last complimentary play saw underdog Washington upset OKC. Today, let’s look at a favorite which appears to be in a solid spot.

The Bucks got the “post Skiles” era off to a winning start last night. However, I expect them to find the going considerably tougher here.

Jim Boylan is now coaching Milwaukee. You may recall that the Bulls also fired Skiles a few years back. Ironically, they replaced him with Boylan …

Naturally, Boylan would like to beat his former team. The Bucks are a dismal 1-6-1 ATS when playing the second of back-to-back games though. They’ll face a Bulls team which had yesterday off and which has won three straight.

The last time that the Bucks played the second of b2b games, they lost by 15. Before that, they lost by two. Prior to that, it was a 12 point loss, when laying eight. Before that, it was a 10-point loss and before that, they lost by 26.

Going back further finds Milwaukee at 6-13-1 ATS (6-14 SU) the last 20 times that it played the second of back to back games.

These teams split a home and home series back in November, the road team winning each game. The Bulls are still 3-2 ATS (4-1 SU) the last five times that they were a series host though, going 21-12 ATS (25-8 SU) in games here over the long-term.

Even with the earlier split in this series, the Bulls are still a dominating 27-15 ATS (37-5 SU) against divisional opponents the past couple of seasons. Consider laying the points.