Bucks at Bulls - 4/27/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (42-44) at Chicago Bulls (53-33)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -8 -- Over/Under: 188 See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, CSNC
The Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls play game five of their playoff series Monday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks could really put pressure on Chicago if they find a way to win this game. Khris Middleton is averaging 17 points and 2.3 assists while Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 13.3 points and nine rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams is dishing 4.8 assists and John Henson is grabbing eight rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks finally figured out how to close out a game and it was mainly due to O.J. Mayo and his 18 points. The Bucks can really be a dangerous team if they continue to find a go-to scorer down the stretch. The Bucks have won five of their last seven games when allowing less than 100 points. The Bucks have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
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The Chicago Bulls would be better off to end this series now so they can get some rest. Jimmy Butler is averaging 28.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 21.5 points and 7.5 assists. Pau Gasol is grabbing 13.3 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy is dishing 3.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 41.4 percent from deep and 45.9 percent from two in this series. However, the Bulls are averaging 20 turnovers, which is the reason for their struggles and why this series has gone an extra game. The Bulls have won eight of their last nine games when topping 100 points. The Bulls have won nine straight home games.
The Bucks are 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bucks are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Bucks have held their own in this series and have done a decent job of covering the number as well. The Bucks are a young, confident team and the Bulls are turning the ball over way too much to trust. I'm taking the points and wouldn't be shocked if Milwaukee steals another one outright.