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NBA - US Sports: Bulls rocked by double blow

Chicago Bulls are expected to be without guards Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso for their crucial Game 5 trip to Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

The Bulls trail the series 3-1 and have to win at the Fiserv Forum if they are to avoid a first round exit. Chicago can be backed at 6/1 in the Money Line and Milwaukee are 10/11 with a -12.0 handicap in the Point Spread.

Double blow hits Bulls

LaVine has entered the NBA's health and safety protocols and has been listed as questionable for Game 5.  The 27-year-old faces further testing, but it seems unlikely he will be able to feature.

"I mean, it sucks," said Chicago's DeMar DeRozan said after practice on Tuesday, via ESPN. "Before basketball, more than anything, health-wise, it just sucks. 

"First and foremost is for him, and second of all, us not having him. Him missing a full opportunity of playing in a playoff series.

"I can't even imagine how he feels. The most important thing now is he comes out of that thing being healthy."

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Up against it

The Bulls are also likely to be without Caruso as he remained in concussion protocols on Tuesday.

Caruso, the key man in Chicago's defense, missed the second half of the Game 4 defeat after an inadvertent elbow to the face from Jevon Carter. 

Caruso faces late tests but it looks as if he will miss out, meaning the Bulls would be without their starting backcourt from the first four games of the series.

Coby White is likely to start on Wednesday alongside either Javonte Green or Ayo Dosunmu in the guard positions if, as expected, LaVine and Caruso are unavailable.

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