Bulls at Cavaliers - 5/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (54-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (57-29)
NBA Basketball: Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -5 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers begin their playoff series Monday night.
The Chicago Bulls used six games to beat the MIlwaukee Bucks and play for the first time since Thursday. Jimmy Butler is averaging 24.8 points and 5.5 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 19 points and 6.5 assists. Pau Gasol is grabbing 11.8 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy is dishing three assists. The Chicago Bulls shot just 43.7 percent from the field in their last series and averaged 17.5 turnovers. The Bulls will have to play a much cleaner series and get contribution out of everybody if they’re going to win this series. The Bulls have, however, won seven of their last 10 games when allowing less than 100 points. The Bulls have split their last 10 games on the road.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Boston Celtics and haven’t played in more than a week. LeBron James is averaging 27 points and nine rebounds while Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.3 points and 4.3 assists. Timofey Mozgov is grabbing eight rebounds and Tristan Thompson is shooting 64.3 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers shot just 43.8 percent from the field in their series, but they got to the lin 31.5 times per game. Others have to step up with no Kevin Love around. The Cavs have won 15 straight games when scoring 100 or more points. The Cavaliers have also lost just three home games since January. J.R. Smith is suspended for this game.
The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games. The Bulls are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Cleveland and 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.
While rest is an important factor in this matchup, we're talking about a Cavs team that's going to be without two of its top two players. Love and Smith were the Cavaliers third and fourth best scorers in that Boston series behind just Irving and LeBron. With the way the Bulls can play defense and get timely offense, I really like the points here.