Bulls at Bucks - 4/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (52-32) at Milwaukee Bucks (41-43)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, CSNC, FSWI
The Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks play game three of their playoff series Thursday night.
The Chicago Bulls took a 2-0 series lead with a win on Monday and really hope to put this series to bed here. Jimmy Butler is averaging 28 points and 5.5 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 19 points and eight assists. Pau Gasol is grabbing 14.5 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy is dishing 3.5 assists. The Chicago Bulls haven’t played great in this series, but they’ve done just enough to pull away late thanks to timely scoring by their top playmakers. The Bulls are still a work in progress due to Rose still finding his footing, but this is some of the best ball Chicago has played all season. The Bulls last six losses have come on the road. Nikola Mirotic is doubtful with a quad injury and Kirk Hinrich is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Milwaukee Bucks need to win this game if they hope to make this a series. Khris Middleton is averaging 20 points and four rebounds while Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams is dishing 2.5 assists and John Henson is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks played well in game two with shutdown defense, but they have nobody who can create their own shot and be a spark offensively. If the Bucks could get somebody like an Isaiah Thomas to give them 15 points a night, they’d be a much more dangerous team. Maybe playing at home will give the Bucks players more confidence on the offensive end. However, the Bucks have lost six of their last 10 home games.
The Bulls are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win. The Bucks are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Bulls are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Milwaukee and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Bucks have hung around with the Bulls in the first two games and could have easily of won either if somebody just stepped up offensively down the stretch. I like the value of the home crowd here as well, which is why I'm taking the Bucks and the free bucket.