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United Center, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 18,833

Bucks look for rebound in Chicago

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Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls

  1. The Bulls have scored at least 120 points in three straight games, the first time the franchise has done so since January 12-16, 1993. Michael Jordan scored 64 points in the final game of that three-game stretch, a 128-124 overtime loss against the Magic.
  2. Milwaukee had a six-game winning streak snapped with a 103-83 loss against the Magic on Saturday. In the loss, the Bucks set season-lows in points (83), field-goal percentage (32.6 percent) and three-point percentage (17.1 percent).
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out the loss against the Magic, and the Bucks moved to 2-2 this season when he does not play. Milwaukee averages 105.3 points without Antetokounmpo this season, compared to 118.1 points per game when he plays.
  4. Over his last four games, Lauri Markkanen has averaged 27.8 points and 12.0 rebounds. The only other Bulls over the last 30 seasons to average at least 27 and 12 over any four-game stretch are Carlos Boozer (December 2010) and Michael Jordan (March-April 1990).
  5. Brook Lopez (114) and Antetokounmpo (72) have combined to block 186 shots this season, the second most of any pair of teammates this season. Only Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors (193) of Utah have blocked more shots among teammates in 2018-19.
  6. The Bucks have won four straight games against the Bulls, including both matchups this season. Milwaukee has scored at least 110 points and dished out more than 25 assists in each of its four straight wins over Chicago.

The Milwaukee Bucks hope to have standout Giannis Antetokounmpo available when they make the short trek down to Chicago to take on the Bulls on Monday night.

The Bucks were without Antetokounmpo and newcomer Nikola Mirotic when they got thumped 103-83 at home by Orlando on Saturday night.

It was their lowest scoring output of the season and also their most lopsided loss. Their previous four home defeats had been by a total of 22 points.

"We'll probably put this one in the trash can and move on," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer promised reporters afterward.

Veteran point guard Eric Bledsoe offered a few excuses for the poor performance, none of which involved the two key absences.

"It was one of them games on a back-to-back (where) we got in super late, had a late game," he offered up to reporters. The Bucks had won 122-107 the previous night at Dallas.

"Everybody was tired, man," he continued. "We didn't have no legs. We missed a lot of (3-point shots), threes we normally make.

"Like Bud said: Throw this away."

The Bucks fell to 2-2 this season without Antetokounmpo. They lost their only previous road game without him at Washington.

As was the case Saturday, the All-Star captain's absences this season have been designed to ease the burden on a troublesome right knee. On each of the previous three occasions, he returned to play the next game.

Antetokounmpo also sat out a 118-105 win at Chicago last March. In that game, five reserves -- four of whom are no longer with the team -- combined for 70 points.

Mirotic was imported at the trade deadline to add to the Bucks' depth. He has missed nine straight games with a strained right calf, although he told reporters before Saturday's contest that he's close to making his Milwaukee debut. That won't happen Monday, the team announced hours before the game.

The Bucks have swept a pair of home games from the Bulls this season, but those meetings were in November. Chicago will give Milwaukee a bit of a different look this time around, with Otto Porter Jr. having been acquired at the trade deadline for ex-Buck Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis.

Porter has averaged 17.5 points in his first two games for Chicago, hitting six of his 10 3-point shots.

The acquisition was made in part to aid the Chicago perimeter game. The Bulls rank in the bottom four in the league in both 3-point attempts per game (26.7) and 3-point field goals (9.4).

Chicago has made a total of 20 3-pointers in its two games with Porter in the lineup, including going 14-for-28 in a 125-106 win at Brooklyn on Friday.

Like the Bucks, the Bulls were playing on the second night of a back-to-back when they lost 134-125 at home to Washington on Saturday.

The consecutive games with 125 points was a first for the Bulls since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen combined for 119 points on back-to-back nights in February of 1991.

"We looked like a team out there, and played like a team," Bulls coach Jim Boylen gushed after Friday's win at Brooklyn. "(Porter) picks up things quickly, and to me that's what a pro is."

Saturday's loss was Chicago's 10th straight at home. The Bulls haven't won a home game since Dec. 21 against Orlando.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 11, 2019

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