Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (52-32) at Milwaukee Bucks (41-43)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +3 -- Over/Under: 187 See the Latest Odds
The series shifts to the Harris Bradley Center as the Milwaukee Bucks host the Chicago Bulls in Game 3.
The Chicago Bulls were able to extend their series lead to 2-0 on Monday night with a 91-82 win over the Bucks thanks to some solid defense and a whole lot of Jimmy Butler. In another low-scoring affair, the Bulls were able to hold the Bucks to just 35.6 percent shooting from the field and just four of 17 from the three-point line, but in a close contest, the difference between the teams was Butler who dominated the game with a playoff career-high 31 points. Derrick Rose also had himself a nice game, bouncing back from a scoreless first half to finish with 15 points and nine assists while Mike Dunleavy kept the Bulls close in the first half with timely threes, hitting a total of four triples en route to 12 points.
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As for the Milwaukee Bucks, Khris Middleton led the scoring with 22 points while Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points, but Ersan Ilyasova scored just eight points while Giannis Antetokounmpo added just six points as the Bucks simply got worn down by the Bulls. To their credit, the young bucks refused to back down which was the reason for a couple of altercations and an ejection, but they'll need more than toughness to get back into the series. They need to shoot better than 35.6 percent.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games playing on two days rest, while the Bucks are 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Bulls are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Milwaukee and 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.
The Bucks made a commitment to double-team Pau Gasol every time he touched the ball and it seemed to work for most of Game 2 until the Bulls started finding their rhythm from behind the arc. The Bucks have been very competitive in both games so far and I expect that to continue, but with Butler and Rose playing so well, it's just too hard to back against the Bulls.