In all fairness, the odds are against the Chicago Bulls winning its best-of-seven series with the Milwaukee Bucks. (According to gay analyst Steve Kornacki, the Bulls only have a 14-percent chance, according to NBC.)
The Bucks are the defending NBA champions and this series marks the first Bulls experience in almost a decade. Plus, the first game was in Milwaukee.
So it probably comes as no surprise that the sixth-seeded Bulls lost to the third-seeded Bucks 93-86 on April 17.
Milwaukee jumped to a 34-21 lead after the first quarter, leaving Chicago to play catch-up. However, the Bucks struggled to score the rest of the wayallowing the Bulls to actually take several leads, with the last one being in the third quarter, ESPN noted.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Bucks. Nikola Vucevic lead the Bulls with 24 points, while DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine each had 18 points. However, Vucevic only made nine of 27 shots from the field, while DeRozan was six of 25 and LaVine was six of 19.
Game two of the series will take place in Milwaukee on Wed., April 20.
Seiya Suzuki hit his fourth home runextending an impressive start to his major league careerand the Chicago Cubs (5-4) defeated the Colorado Rockies (6-3) 6-4 at Denver on April 17, ESPN reported.
Willson Contreras also went deep for the Cubs. Nick Madrigal had three hits and Nico Hoerner drove in two runs.
Suzuki is batting .400 and has hit safely in eight straight gamest. The outfielder from Japan has reached base in all nine games with the Cubs.
The Cubs open a home series against the Tampa Bay Rays (who defeated the Chicago White Sox on April 17) on Monday, April 18.
As mentioned, the Chicago White Sox (6-3) fell to Tampa Bay (5-5) 9-3 as the Rays ended a four-game losing streak.
The White Sox loaded the bases in the fourth and fifth but came away with only one run in each innings, the Chicago Tribune noted.
The White Sox begin a four-game series in Cleveland against the Guardians on Monday, April 18.