Cleveland Cavaliers (60-31) at Chicago Bulls (56-37)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 14, 2015, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Bulls -2 -- Over/Under: 192.5
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls duke it out in Game 6 tonight at the United Center.
The Cavaliers moved to within one win of the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Bulls by 106-101 in Game 5. LeBron James led from the front with a monster game of 38 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while Kyrie Irving contributed 25 points and five assists while still walking around with a limp. The Cavs were half asleep early in the game and it caused them to fall behind by double digits, but they climbed on top of LeBron's back and over the line to improve to 3-2 in the series. Defensively, the Cavs did a great job of holding the Bulls to just 39.5 percent shooting and one reason they were able to do that was because they held Derrick Rose scoreless in the second half after he poured in 16 points in the first half.
As for the Bulls, Jimmy Butler led the scoring with 29 points on nine of 18 shooting while Mike Dunleavy added 19 points, but the Bulls desperately needed a bigger game from Rose who couldn't buy a basket after he injured his shooting hand, bracing himself from a hard tumble. Pau Gasol sat out the game but he is expected to feature in this game, albeit on a minutes restriction. With Gasol likely limited by his injury, the onus will once again be on Taj Gibson to score more points and he'll be eager to get a little extra physical in the paint after he was ejected early in the fourth quarter for apparently attempting to kick Matthew Dellavedova
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Cavs are 5-16 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Chicago.
LeBron was almost unstoppable in Game 5 and he'll surely stuff the stat sheet once again, but the Bulls are one of the toughest teams to beat when they're in desperation mode at home, so I'm sticking with them to force a Game 7.