Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 4/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (41-41) at Chicago Bulls (50-32)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -7.5 -- Over/Under: 184.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls play host to the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center in Game 1 on Saturday night.
The Chicago Bulls entered the season with lofty expectations but while it has been a good season, it certainly had it's bumps along the way. Firstly, Derrick Rose missed some more time with injury which means he's a little rusty coming into the playoffs, but the addition of Pau Gasol and the scoring improvement of Jimmy Butler really has the Bulls looking like serious contenders in the Eastern Conference. Like I said, the Bulls had their bumps along the season and showed worrying signs of inconsistency, but they did manage to finish the regular season with four straight wins which means they finished the season with a 50-32 record, good enough for the third seed in the East.
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Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the surprising success stories of the regular season and their breakout season had them finish with a 41-41 record, good enough for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Like the Bulls, the Bucks had their own challenges during the season and the biggest one was the intriguing trade which sent Brandon Knight for Michael Carter-Williams which really had people scratching their heads as Knight was having a breakout season and was the best player on a breakout team. It wasn't an easy adjustment, but the Bucks started to get into a flow towards the end of the season but this playoff series will tell us if the trade was a good one.
In ATS trends, the Bucks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games, while the Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games.
Head to head, the Bucks are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
I really don't see the Bucks winning more than one game in this series, so I'm definitely expecting the Bulls to come out firing and kick off their postseason run with a solid win by around 10 points at home.