Chicago Bulls (56-36) at Cleveland Cavaliers (59-31)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 12, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 191
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls play Game 5 at the Quicken Loans Arena tonight.
After suffering a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer in Game 3, the Cavaliers were able to return the favor by beating the Bulls by 86-84 in Game 4 on Sunday. LeBron James led the way with 25 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists and on a night where he shot just 10 of 30 from the field, still managed to make the shot at the buzzer to level the series for the Cavs. Timofey Mozgov added 16 points and nine rebounds while JR Smith added 13 points off the bench, but once again Kyrie Irving looked hobbled throughout the entire game, finishing with just 12 points on two of 10 shooting.
As for the Bulls, Derrick Rose led the scoring with a game-high 31 points on 11 of 23 shooting while Jimmy Butler added 18 points, but no one else finished in double digits as the Bulls' offense really looked stagnant without the injured Pau Gasol. As a team, the Bulls shot just 36 percent from the field and while you can't really blame any one player, Joakim Noah missed way too many shots from right around the basket, finishing with just eight points for the game. Despite the offensive struggles, the Bulls still managed to hang right with the Cavs all the way until James nailed the game-winner at the buzzer.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven Conferecen Semifinals games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a win, while the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games.
Head to head, the Bulls are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Cleveland.
The last two games of the series went down to the very last second and both ended in thrilling buzzer-beaters and I'm expecting more of the same. If I had to pick a winner, I'd stick with the Cavs to win this one at home, but this feels like too many points to be giving to the Bulls with the way this series has gone so far.