Bulls at Cavaliers - 5/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (56-36) at Cleveland Cavaliers (59-31)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -5 -- Over/Under: 192.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Tuesday night in game five of their playoff series.
The Chicago Bulls need this game in order to steal home court advantage again. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 21.4 points and 6.5 assists. Mike Dunleavy is dishin 2.3 assists and Joakim Noah is grabbing 11.2 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Bulls need more consistency on the offensive end, as they still have those cold stretches that allow teams to hang around. Aaron Brooks needs more playing time. The Bulls have won five of their last seven road games. Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol are questionable with injuries.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers can really take ahold of this series with a victory here. LeBron James is averaging 26.5 points and 10.1 rebounds while Kyrie Irving is averaging 20.9 points and 3.5 assists. J.R. Smith is dishing 0.8 assists and Iman Shumpert is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 33 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Cavs have yet to play their best ball but continue to find timely baskets late to escape with victories. Kyrie Irving, who is banged up, is just 5-23 from the field in his last two games. The Cavaliers have won 20 of their last 22 games on their home court.
The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games. The Cavaliers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Bulls are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Cleveland and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Bulls lost their chance to put the Cavs to bed with a game four loss. I see the Cavaliers taking advantage of that missed chance and getting the win rather easily on their home court.