Bulls vs. Bucks Betting Odds And Sportsbook Bonuses

The Chicago Bulls have been eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, but there is still plenty of time to take advantage of a number of Illinois sports betting bonuses available for the NBA postseason.

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After not beating the Bucks during the regular season, the Bulls surprised the league by winning Game 2 of the best-of-7 series. Milwaukee regrouped, however, and made quick work of the next three games to advance to the conference semifinals.

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NBA Playoffs Update

With their gentleman’s sweep of Chicago, the Bucks are through to the conference semifinals where they will face the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics were impressive en route to a 4-0 series win over the Brooklyn Nets and are listed as -205 favorites to win the series against the Bucks. Game 1 is Sunday afternoon in Boston.

Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat also are through to the semifinals after a 4-1 series win over the Atlanta Hawks. Miami awaits the winner of the series between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors.

Philadelphia had a stranglehold on that series after winning the first three games, but Toronto has rallied to win twice. Game 6 is Thursday night in Toronto.

Only one Western Conference team has advanced, and that’s the Golden State Warriors. They defeated the Denver Nuggets 4-1.

The other three first-round series are headed to Game 6 with the lower-seeded team trailing 3-2 in all of them. Each of those lower-seeded teams (New Orleans, Utah, Minnesota) gets to play Game 6 on their home courts, though, so there is a good chance we’ll get at least one Game 7 in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Phoenix, Dallas, and Memphis have their sights set on clinching those series on the road to give themselves an extra day or two of rest before beginning the conference semifinals.

About the Author

Mark Ashenfelter

Mark Ashenfelter is a Connecticut-based sportswriter and editor who has covered everything from NASCAR to the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. A life-long Philadelphia sports fan, in addition to Penn State football and the Baltimore Orioles, he's previously worked at ESPN, NASCAR Scene magazine and the Daily Local News in Chester County, PA.