Cavaliers at Bulls - 5/14/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (60-31) at Chicago Bulls (56-37)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -1.5 -- Over/Under: 192.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls meet Thursday night in game six of their playoff series.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win. LeBron James is averaging 27.8 points and 10.3 rebounds while Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.3 points and 3.7 assists. J.R. Smith is grabbing three rebounds and Matthew Dellavedova is dishing 2.9 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from deep in these playoffs. Irving is coming off his best game yet in which he dropped 25 points and five assists. With the Cavs top two players playing at a high level, they have to like their chances to finish this series in Chicago. The Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 15 games on the road.
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The Chicago Bulls look to extend this series to a game seven. Jimmy Butler is averaging 23.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 20.9 points and 6.5 assists. Mike Dunleavy is dishing 2.5 assists and Taj Gibson is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep in this series. The Bulls need Gasol to return if they have a shot to extend this series. The Bulls consistent long stretches without scoring is the reason their backs are against the wall. The Bulls have won 10 of their last 12 home games. Pau Gasol is questionable with a hamstring injury.
The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Chicago and 5-16 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.
I'm assuming Gasol is going to return in a must-win game. The Bulls are also tough to beat on their home court. I'm going to pick the Bulls and the small chalk, as this series should go seven games.