Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Free Pick 05/06/15
Event: Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Scheduled For: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -6 points
Over/Under: 194 points
The Chicago Bulls stole home-court advantage away from the second-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers as they won Game 1 of this series 99-92 Monday. They’ll be looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series when visiting the Cavaliers again Wednesday night before going home to Chicago and United Center for the following two meetings.
Chicago Bulls (55-34, 44-45 ATS)
The Chicago Bulls have gone 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and are have gone 5-2 SU and 5-2 ATS in their seven games in the post-season so far. as they’ve outscored their opponents by an average margin of 11.5 points per game. Shooting guard Jimmy Butler had 20 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals in the opener and did a good job keeping LeBron James quiet. “I feel like we’re both two NBA players,” Butler told reporters. “His name might be more well-known than mine but I’m just here to compete. I’m here to play. Everybody knows that LeBron is a hell of a player, I’m not knocking that, but I think I’m a decent player. I think I can hang with the best of them.” Point guard Derrick Rose was also a key component in the victory as he led the team with 25 points shooting 11-for-25 from the field.
Cleveland Cavaliers (57-30, 42-45 ATS)
The Cleveland Cavaliers have gone 7-3 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games overall and have gone 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS over their five games in the playoffs outscoring their opponents by an average margin of 6 points per game. Lebron James had 19 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and three steals in the opener but his 9-of-22 shooting and struggles to defend Derrick Rose must be a big concern for the Cavs. “I have to be better, I wasn’t that good,” James said. “I have to be much better.” Point guard Kyrie Irving led the team with 30 points while shooting guard Iman Shumpert surprised by posting a career playoff-best 22 points going 4-for-10 from behind the arc. Cleveland missed injured forward Kevin Love (shoulder) and suspended guard J.R. Smith who will also sit out tonight while Love is gone for the postseason.
Trends & Conclusion
The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and also 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. We can also add that the Bulls are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland and 13-4 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall.