Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls - 5/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (54-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (57-29)
NBA Basketball: Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls travel to the Quicken Loans Arena for Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.
The Chicago Bulls looked like they were cruising to a sweep of the Bucks in the first round, but after a couple of hiccups in Games 4 and 5, they were able to regroup and finish the job in a 120-66 rout in Game 6. Derrick Rose showed glimpses of his former self and finished with averages of 19 points and 6.5 assists, while Jimmy Butler led the team in scoring with averages of 24.8 points. Pau Gasol also had a great series despite facing constant double-teams, finishing with an average of 16.3 points and 11.8 rebounds and the Bulls will go to him even more in the second round.
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Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers made light work of the Celtics in the first round, sweeping them and winning by an average of 9.7 points. LeBron James led the way with averages of 27.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists, while Kyrie Irving averaged 23.3 points and 48 percent shooting from the three-point line for the series. Kevin Love played his part and was averaging 14.3 points and 7.0 rebounds until he unfortunately injured his shoulder in Game 4 which will cause him to miss the rest of the postseason. JR Smith will also miss the first two games of the series as he is suspended for striking Boston's Jae Crowder in Game 4.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, while the Cavs are 1-4 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Bulls are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in Cleveland and 12-4 ATS int he last 16 meetings overall.
This matchup was also going to be a close one but with Love out for the rest of the postseason and Smith out for the first two games, I could really see the Bulls stealing one of these road games. I really feel like this game is a coin flip so I'm actually rolling with the Bulls and the points in what should be a close one.