Milwaukee Bucks have not been in good form of late in the NBA as they have lost eight and won only two games in their last 10 fixtures.
Their last two losses might be understood as they faced two of the most successful teams during the season, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks. But losses against some decent teams are a bit concerning, especially with the Playoffs round the corner.
The Bucks are yet to seal Playoff berth, as they lie on the sixth position of the Eastern Conference. But, if the Bucks win majority of their games in the remainder of the season, they should be guaranteed a Playoff spot.
Hence, they need to get back to their winning ways, as they face another team higher in the table, Chicago Bulls at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Though, the Bucks might be playing at home, they could face an uphill task as they face in-form Bulls team. The Bucks have a decent home record with 21 wins and 15 losses, while the Bulls have identical record when on road.
The Bucks might have a number of players in double figures as far as their points per game are concerned, but they do not have any standout performer like most of the top NBA teams. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams have been the bright aspect for the Bucks this season.
However, the Bulls have been in consistent form throughout the season with 45 wins and 29 losses. They currently lie in the third position of the Eastern Conference and have sealed the prestigious Playoff berth as well.
But, the Bulls are keenly awaiting the return of their star player, Derrick Rose, who decided to go ahead with a knee surgery in February. Without Rose, they have been doing decent, but his coming back to the team would mean a huge thing for the Bulls' players.
Bulls have been doing well enough, which can be justified by their last three games, which they have won on a trot.
Rose is reported to have started some light training as well, but still his return has not been finalised.
''I think our mindset at this point is we're building toward something,'' AP quoted Michael Dunleavy as saying. ''When Derrick gets back, it's a bonus.''
Rose is one of the key players for Bulls, as he averages 18.4 for the season. But other players such as Jimmy Butler and Paul Gasol have been in consistent form with 20.2 and 18.6 points per game this season respectively.
The trio's form could well decide as to how further the Bulls can go in the Playoffs.
Where to Watch Live
The game is scheduled to start at 10:30pm ET (8am IST and 2:30pm GMT) with no live TV coverage in the US.
Viewers around the world can stream it live on NBA.com