Bulls at Bucks - 4/30/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (53-34) at Milwaukee Bucks (43-44)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +3 -- Over/Under: 188 See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, CSNC
The Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks play game six of their playoff series Thursday night.
The Chicago Bulls will have yet another chance to close this series out. Jimmy Butler is averaging 26 points and 6.2 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 19.8 points and 6.4 assists. Pau Gasol is grabbing 12.6 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy is dishing 2.6 assists. The Chicago Bulls just haven’t shown much growth in this series, as they’re still averaging 18.6 turnovers and shooting a subpar 44.3 percent from two. The Bulls are really struggling against the Bucks length, and their bench isn’t giving them much offense at all. The Bulls must win this game or this series will get very interesting in a game seven. The Bulls have lost seven of their last 11 road games.
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The Milwaukee Bucks have a shot to become the fourth team ever to force a game seven after trailing the series 0-3. Khris Middleton is averaging 17.8 points and 3.8 rebounds while Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 14 points and 5.6 assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing 7.8 rebounds and O.J. Mayo is dishing 3.4 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks continue to play great defense and are now hitting timely shots late in games. Mayo has been that spark for the Bucks, who is 8-19 from the field in his last two games. Don’t look now, but the Bucks are quickly gaining confidence and actually believe they have a chance to make history. The Bucks have split their last 10 home games.
The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The Bucks are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The Bulls are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Milwaukee and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
I've been on the Bucks from the start of this series and I'm not backing out now. The Bucks are a solid, solid basketball team that may not play sexy, but plays harder than any team in the league, especially on the defensive end. While the odds are against them, the Bucks really think they can win this series and they're playing like it. You can also add in the fact I haven't been impressed with the Bulls at all. This thing is going seven.