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Bucks at Bulls - 4/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Bucks (41-41) at Chicago Bulls (50-32)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday night in game one of the playoffs.

The Milwaukee Bucks ended the season splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Bucks are averaging 97.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting and are allowing 97.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 14.1 points and 5.6 assists while Khris Middleton is averaging 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and O.J. Mayo is dishing 2.8 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing just 43.3 percent shooting from the field and 30.9 percent shooting from deep in their last five games and have won five of their last six games when allowing less than 100 points. The Bucks have lost seven of their last 10 road games.

Bucks at Bulls - 4/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Bulls ended the season winning their last four games. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 100.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and are allowing 97.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20 points and 5.8 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 4.9 assists and Taj Gibson is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are allowing just 40.4 percent shooting in their last five games and have won six of their last eight when allowing less than 100 points. The Bulls have won seven straight games on their home court. Kirk Hinrich is questionable with a knee injury.

The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Bucks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. 

I like the Bucks to possibly win this series, as I don't trust a banged up and slow Chicago team. The Bucks are young, athletic and hungry for success. Milwaukee should at least cover this game. 

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Milwaukee Bucks +7

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