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Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (58-30) at Chicago Bulls (55-35)

NBA Basketball: Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -2 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds

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The series shifts to the United Center as the Cleveland Cavaliers battle the Chicago Bulls in Game 3.

The Bulls kicked off the series with an impressive 99-92 win in Game 1 thanks to big games from the backcourt, but things didn't quite work out in Game 2 where the Bulls got trampled by 106-91. Jimmy Butler led the team with 18 points while Derrick Rose added 14 points but shot just six of 20 as the Bulls fell behind by 20 points after the first quarter and never really got into the game. Pau Gasol had just 11 points after scoring 21 points in Game 1 while the Bulls shot just 40.5 percent from the field as a team, but this was all about defense and the Bulls just couldn't contain the Cavaliers who got hot early on.

Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading the Cavs was LeBron James who attacked early and often and finished with a game-high 33 points and he got plenty of support from Kyrie Irving who had 21 points and Iman Shumpert who added 15 points. Even the scarcely-used James Jones got hot in this game and made five threes en route to 17 points off the bench as the Cavs dominated the Bulls and led by as many as 25 points in the third quarter before taking their foot off the gas in the fourth. With the much-needed win, the Cavs level the series at 1-1 and are looking in good shape going into Game 3 as JR Smith returns from his two-game suspension for striking the Celtics' Jae Crowder back in the first series of the playoffs.

In ATS trends, the Cavs are 1-4 ATS in their last five Conference Semifinals games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600 and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Head to head, the Cavs are 5-13 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall and 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Chicago.

With LeBron playing with such aggression, the Cavs were able to dominate the Bulls in Game 2 and level the series and I think they'll win one of the next two games. However, I just feel that the Bulls will bounce back after such a poor loss and they'll get the win at home in this one.

 

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Chicago -2

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