Bucks at Bulls - 4/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (41-42) at Chicago Bulls (51-32)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -7.5 -- Over/Under: 187 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls meet Monday night in game two of their playoff series.
The Milwaukee Bucks lost the first playoff game, 103-91, in a game that was a lot closer than the score indicated. Khris Middleton lead the Bucks with 18 points and four steals, while Zaza Pachulia chipped in six points and 10 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 points and John Henson grabbed seven rebounds off the bench. The Milwaukee Bucks certainly didn’t help themselves by shooting just 39.3 percent from the field and missing tons of open looks from beyond the arc. Still, the Bucks played a balanced game and made Chicago sweat for much of the game. With a game of playoff experience for this young team, the Bucks should be even better this time around. The Bucks have now lost six of their last nine road games.
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The Chicago Bulls won game one despite turning the ball over 19 times and scoring just 17 points in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose led the charge with 23 points and seven assists, while Jimmy Butler dropped 25 points and six assists. Pau Gasol had a double-double and Aaron Brooks scored 13 points off the bench. The Chicago Bulls made 12 timely threes and dished out an insane 30 assists. While the Bulls will take the win, they have to play a cleaner game if they expect to make this a quick and painless series. The Bulls should also go inside more in game two instead of settling for long jumpers. The Bulls have now won eight straight home games. Kirk Hinrich is questionable with a knee injury.
The Bucks are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Bulls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bucks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Chicago and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
I had the Bucks winning this series, and they did a lot of good things they can build on heading into game two. I don't expect the Bulls to make a ton of threes again, and I don't expect the Bucks to miss 67 wide open looks. Expect the Bucks to compete again and at the very least cover the number.