Cavaliers at Bulls - 5/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (58-30) at Chicago Bulls (55-35)
NBA Basketball: Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -1.5 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls meet Friday night in game three of their playoff series.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to regain home court advantage with a victory here. LeBron James is averaging 26.7 points and 6.7 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 24 points and 4.3 assists. Timofey Mozgov is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Tristan Thompson is snagging 7.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Cavaliers must continue to ride LeBron in this series, as he had 33 points in the game two win and they’ve won 10 straight games when he’s scored at least 20 points. The Cavs have won five of their last seven road games. Iman Shumpert is questionable with a groin injury and J.R. Smith will return from suspension.
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The Chicago Bulls look to take control of the series with a victory here. Jimmy Butler is averaging 23.4 points and five rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 19.1 points and 6.8 assists. Pau Gasol is grabbing 10.6 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy is dishing 2.5 assists. The Chicago Bulls shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from deep in the playoffs. The Bulls need to get back to their defensive effort, as they allowed 106 points in their game two loss. The Bulls have lost seven of their last 10 games when allowing 100-plus points. Rose will be the key to Chicago winning this game. The Bulls have won nine of their last 10 home games.
The Cavaliers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Central and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bulls are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and 5-13 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall.
The Bulls will actually play defense this time around now that they're on their home court. The Bulls were satisfied with taking one game in Cleveland and will show up to take a 2-1 advantage. I like the home team and the tiny chalk.