Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/30/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (53-34) at Milwaukee Bucks (43-44)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +3.5 -- Over/Under: 187.5 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks look to level the series with the Chicago Bulls tonight in Game 6.
The young and inexperienced Bucks were always going to be underdogs in this series, but after falling into a 3-0 hole, the Bucks have somehow extended the series to six games after beating the Bulls by 94-88 in Game 5. Michael Carter-Williams stuffed the box score with 22 points, eight rebounds and nine assists while Khris Middleton added 21 points as the Bucks once again staved off elimination and moved to within one win of an unlikely Game 7. On offense, the Bucks were sloppy with the ball and finished with 17 turnovers, but they were fantastic on the defensive end where they held the Bulls to 34.4 percent shooting and 4 of 22 from the three-point line.
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As for the Bulls, Pau Gasol had a big game of 25 points on nine of 15 shooting but the dynamic backcourt duo of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler really struggled, shooting a combined 10 of 41 from the field and finishing with 13 and 20 points respectively. For the second straight game, the Bulls failed to score more than 90 points and it's because their intensity and level of urgency has really been lacking which is something we rarely see from a Thibodeau-coached team. They've started their last two games poorly and will find themselves in serious trouble if it happens again.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss, while the Bucks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games against a team above .600 and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Head to head, the Bulls are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Milwaukee and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
I really didn't see this series going past five games at the most but after what the Bucks have shown in the last two games, a Game 7 could seriously be on the cards. I really can't pick either team in this game with much confidence but the score has gone under in seven of the last nine meetings and I think defense will be the top priority once again.