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Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction and Betting Pick

Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction and Betting Odds. The 59-31 Cleveland Cavaliers host the 56-36 Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series on 5/12/2015 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH; Tipoff is at 7:00 PM ET.

Wagering Odds

Point Spread: Cavaliers -5.5
Over/Under Total Line: 191

In Game 4 of this series in Chicago the Bulls lost to the Cavaliers 86-84, but they did cover the spread as a 3-point underdog. The Bulls have covered in the last 2 games and in 3 of the 4 games in this series. The total for Game 4 went Under while in the previous 2 games the Over was the winning bet. In their last 10 games Chicago is 7-3 ATS and they have an O/U record of 4-6.

On the season the Bulls are 23-23 ATS at home and are 23-23 ATS on the road. While Chicago has covered the spread in the last 2 games in this series both were in Chicago and they did not cover in their last road game. The Bulls have an O/U home record of 26-20 and an O/U road record of 19-26-1. In their last game on the road the Over was the winning bet, but in the previous 3 games the total had gone Under.

The Cavaliers evened the series at 2-2 in the win in Game 4, but have not covered in the last 2 games. In 5 of their last 7 games the total has gone Under and that was the winning bet in the last game as well. In their last 10 games the Cavaliers are 5-5 ATS and they have an O/U record of 5-5.

This season at home the Cavaliers are 23-22 ATS at home and 20-25 ATS on the road. In their last home game they covered the spread, but had not done so in their previous 2 games. Cleveland has an O/U home record of 17-28 and an O/U road record of 20-24-1. In their last home game the Over was the winning bet, but in the previous 2 games at home the Under was the pick.

The Bulls have covered the spread in the last 2 games in this series and in 3 of the 4 games. In the regular season Cleveland took 3 of 4 games from the Bulls and in the 4 games they were 2-2 ATS. In the regular season in the 4 games the posted total went Over twice and Under twice.

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Some other angles to consider:

The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Cavaliers.

The Bulls are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams in Cleveland the total has gone Under 4 times.

This season the Cavaliers are 34-11 at home and the Bulls are 26-20 on the road.

SU and ATS Records

Chicago Bulls: 56-36 SU / 46-46 ATS
Cleveland Cavaliers: 59-31 SU / 43-47 ATS

Key Betting Trends

• CHI is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• CHI is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
• CHI has an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 games.
• CLE is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
• CLE is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win.
• CLE has an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 games.

Sagarin Rankings
Chicago Bulls: 93.16
Cleveland Cavaliers: 94.57

Injury Report

BULLS
[F] 05/11/2015 – Pau Gasol is downgraded to doubtful Tuesday vs. Cleveland ( Hamstring )
[F] 05/11/2015 – Taj Gibson left last game, “?” Tuesday vs. Cleveland ( Knee )

CAVALIERS
[G] 05/11/2015 – Kyrie Irving probable Tuesday vs. Chicago ( Leg )
[F] 05/11/2015 – LeBron James probable Tuesday vs. Chicago ( Ankle )
[F] 04/27/2015 – Kevin Love out for season ( Shoulder )
[C] 12/24/2014 – Anderson Varejao out for season ( Achilles )

Free NBA Playoff Pick

In this critical Game 5 both teams are dealing with injuries to key players. Pau Gasol sat out Game 4 and his offense was missed, as the Bulls only scored 84 points, which was their 3rd lowest point total this season. Kyrie Irving is dealing with leg injuries and while he has not missed any games he has only averaged 11.5 ppg in the last 2 games. He will go in this game while Gasol is doubtful.

The Bulls need other players to step up on offense, as in Game 4 Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler were the only players that scored in double figures. Cleveland must key on these guys, as in their 2 losses in the series they have combined to score 45 and 50 points respectively. The Bulls have lost 4 of their last 5 playoff games in Cleveland and tonight it will be 5 of 6. James will carry the load, once again, and the Cavaliers will win and cover taking a 3-2 lead in the series, as it heads back to Chicago.

Take the CAVALIERS -5.5

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