Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/10/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (58-31) at Chicago Bulls (56-35)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +1.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers kick off Game 4 today at the United Center.
After getting blown out in a 106-91 loss in Game 2, the Bulls needed to respond with a win in Game 3 and they did that with style thanks to big games from their two backcourt stars. Jimmy Butler scored 20 points including a key basket late in the fourth quarter, while Mike Dunleavy added a series-high 16 points, but the play of the night goes to Derrick Rose who banked in the buzzer-beater to win the game, capping a wonderful night of 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to give the Bulls a 2-1 series lead going into Game 4.
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As for the Cavaliers, LeBron James led the way with 27 points and 14 assists but shot just eight of 25 from the field. JR Smith added 14 points off the bench including a clutch three-pointer late in the game but Kyrie Irving really struggled the entire game, finishing with just 11 points and zero assists as he battles through an ankle sprain. In fact, Irving was clearly grimacing the entire game and was basically limited to just spot-up three pointers for the entire game.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss, while the Bulls are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Cavs are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Chicago.
Game 3 was one of the best playoff games I've ever seen because the referees just kept their whistles in their pockets and let the teams battle it out. In a tight contest, Rose and the Bulls came out on top thanks to a banked three-pointer but it really could have gone either way. Pau Gasol is listed as doubtful for today's game which definitely tests the Bulls' depth, but I still think they'll be able to find a way to get past the Cavs in another nail-biter.