Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls - 5/6/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (55-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (57-30)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -6 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out in Game 2 on Wednesday.
The Bulls were able to draw first blood in this much anticipated series, beating the Cavaliers by 99-92 in Game 1. Derrick Rose led the way with 25 points, Pau Gasol added 21 points and Jimmy Butler had 20 points, but once again it was Mike Dunleavy who got the Bulls off to a quick start, hitting a trio of three-pointers and spreading the court. After a scratchy series against the Bucks in the first round, I was a little worried about the Bulls coming into this one but they played with such confidence on both ends of the court that I now have them as the favorites in this series.
USA TODAY Sports
As for the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving dazzled with 30 points and six assists, Iman Shumpert added 22 points while LeBron James had 19 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, but it still wasn't enough as the Cavs fell behind big early and were always playing catchup. To their credit, the Cavs fought hard to get within four points in the final minutes, but turnovers, sloppy defense and a lack of bench scoring left the Cavs second best on the scoreboard. Kevin Love remains out for the season while JR Smith will spend the second and final game of his suspension on the sidelines in Game 2.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall, while the Cavs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four Conference Semifinals games.
Head to head, the Bulls are 13-4 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland.
The Cavs absolutely can't afford to fall behind 2-0 in the series so you can bank on them coming out with a much better effort, but I can't go past the Bulls and the points after what I saw from them in Game 1.