Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 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: 187.5 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls battle in Game 2 tonight at the United Center.
The Bulls took Game 1 of the series by 103-91 thanks to 25 points and six assists from Jimmy Butler and 23 points and seven assists from Derrick Rose. Pau Gasol had a rough shooting night, making just five of his 17 shot attempts but still contributed in other ways, scoring 10 points with 13 rebounds, four assists and three blocks while Aaron Brooks provided the spark off the bench with 13 points including a buzzer-beating banked three pointer which had the United Center on its feet.
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As for the Bucks, Khris Middleton led the scoring with 18 points on seven of 17 shooting while Ersan Ilyasova added 15 points, but overall the Bucks just needed more from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams who scored just 12 and nine points respectively and disappeared from the game in the second half when their team needed them to lift. Despite the loss, the Bucks will draw plenty of positives from Game 1 and should be a little more competitive come Game 2.
In ATS trends, the Bucks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, while the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win and 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games.
Head to head, the Bucks are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Chicago.
Game 1 was a little closer than the final score suggests but there was no denying that the Bulls were just a little better in on both sides of the court. The only real chance the Bucks can spring the upset is by forcing turnovers and using their legs on fast breaks which they were able to do in Game 1, but the Bulls will tighten that up and should be able to get another win by double digits tonight.