National Basketball Association
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Milwaukee at Chicago
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, April 27, 2015
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Bulls weren’t able to close the series on the first try and will attempt to do so on the second opportunity when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. Sixth-seeded Milwaukee salvaged Saturday’s Game 4 on Jerryd Bayless’ last-second basket to halt a nine-game playoff losing streak and keep the Eastern Conference first-round series going.

Bayless eluded the defense of Derrick Rose to haul in Jared Dudley’s stellar inbounds pass and score the winning hoop in a 92-90 victory over the third-seeded Bulls that ranked highly important to Milwaukee. “As a whole, we have a long ways to go,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd told reporters. “But I thought with this being a character game, the group in that locker room showed a lot of character by finding a way to get a win.” Rose has had a strong series but turned the ball over late and then apparently lost his focus with the game on the line. “When you give up a layup for the game-winner, it’s hard,” Rose told reporters. “But I’m happy that I have the teammates I have, the coaching staff I have. I really believe I’m built for this.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), CSN Chicago

ABOUT THE BULLS: Guard Jimmy Butler continued his strong series with his second 30-point outing against the Bucks and is averaging 28.3 points after scoring 33 on 12-of-17 shooting in Game 4. But nobody was talking about his latest superb showing due to the ending of the contest when Rose fell asleep. “I’m not going to put it on that last play,” Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. “When you turn the ball over like that you’re not going to have success.”

ABOUT THE BUCKS: Milwaukee’s tenacious defense in the final seconds set up the decisive basket in Game 4 as guard Khris Middleton knocked the ball away from Rose to thwart Chicago’s attempt to close the series. The four reserves who played outscored the starting five 47-45 as the Bucks dug down deep as opposed to rolling over due to the 0-3 deficit. “Our group that comes in, we just really try to get out there and pressure a little bit more,” Bayless told reporters. “We’re still believing and we’re not giving up on this series. We’re going to keep going, whatever happens.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Bulls committed 28 turnovers in Game 4 – including eight by Rose and five by PF Pau Gasol.

2. Milwaukee SG O.J. Mayo had 18 points in Game 4 after totaling 22 points in the first three games.

3. Gasol (13.5 points, 13.3 rebounds) has posted four straight double-doubles in the series.

PREDICTION: Bulls 97, Bucks 91
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Milwaukee 42-44 W1 24-19 18-25 2-3 40-41 8-12 31-25
Chicago 53-33 L1 29-14 24-19 2-5 51-28 11-9 36-20
Last Meeting
Milwaukee Chicago
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/25/15 CHI 90 MIL 92 92 34 39.1 90 39 48.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Milwaukee O. Mayo 18 54.5 2
Chicago J. Butler 33 70.6 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 8 1 7
Chicago P. Gasol 10 2 8
Assists Player  
Milwaukee J. Bayless 5
Chicago D. Rose 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Milwaukee K. Middleton 1193 45.9 148
Chicago P. Gasol 1586 48.6 330
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 621 115 506
Chicago P. Gasol 1038 239 799
Assists Player  
Milwaukee J. Bayless 271
Chicago J. Noah 357
Quickchart Matchup
Milwaukee Off vs  Chicago Defense
97.6 Points For
97.6 Points Against
45.5 FG%
43.3 FG%
42.1 Reb
43.4 Reb
Chicago Off vs  Milwaukee Defense
100.7 Points For
97.5 Points Against
44.2 FG%
43.7 FG%
43.4 Reb
43.2 Reb