Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan says his team have to raise their game to "another level" defensively if they are to level their first round series with Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks hold a 1-0 series lead ahead of Game 2 on Wednesday. Chicago are 17/4 to win in the Money Line in Milwaukee and the Bucks can be backed at 10/11 with a -10.0 handicap in the Point Spread.
Milwaukee claimed a 93-86 win in the series opener and the Bulls appeared to particularly struggle on offense.
DeRozan managed 18 points but needed 25 shots to get there, Zach LaVine also had 18 points on 6-for-19 shooting as Nikola Vucevic led the scoring for Chicago on 9-for-27 shooting.
DeRozan is confident the Bulls' below-par attacking performance was a one-off and he has no concerns regarding their ability to break down the Bucks.
Instead, the five-time All-Star feels a strong defence holds the key and he is believes Chicago have a chance to dump out the reigning NBA champions if they defend well over the course of the best-of-seven series.
"It's nothing they're doing defensively. Most of the shots I took were wide open," he said on his own display, via Slam Online.
He added: "Offensively, I guarantee you we won't shoot like we shot tonight again, but defense gives you an opportunity to win. In the fourth quarter, a couple plays got away from us, but a good learning experience.
"Gotta keep it up defensively and go to another level."