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Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction and Betting Pick

Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction and Betting Pick. The 57-29 Cleveland Cavaliers host the 54-34 Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series on 5/4/2015 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH; Tipoff is at 7:00 PM ET.

Wagering Odds

Point Spread: Cavaliers -5
Over/Under Total Line: 194

In their last game the Bulls were on the road and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-66 where they easily covered the spread as a 3.5-point favorite. Chicago had not covered in their previous 2 games. The total for the Bucks game went Under, which has been the winning bet for 3 straight games. In their last 10 games the Bulls are 7-3 ATS and they have an O/U record of 4-6.

On the season the Bulls are 21-23 ATS at home and 22-22 ATS on the road. In their last 5 road games the Bulls have covered the spread 4 times including their last one. Chicago has an O/U home record of 25-19 and an O/U road record of 18-25-1. In their last 2 road games the Under has been the winning bet.

The Cavaliers were on the road in their last game where they finished off a sweep of the Boston Celtics 101-93 covering the 6.5-point spread. Cleveland covered the spread in 3 of the 4 games in the Boston series including their last 2.In their last game the total went Under and that has been the winning bet for the Cavs in their last 3 games. In their last 10 games Cleveland is 4-6 ATS and they have an O/U record of 4-6.

This season the Cavaliers are 22-21 ATS at home and 20-23 ATS on the road. They have covered the spread in their last 2 road games after not covering in their previous 2. Cleveland has a home O/U record of 16-26 and a road O/U record of 18-24-1. In their last 3 games on the road the Under has been the winning bet every time.

The Cavaliers took 3 of 4 regular season games from the Bulls including their last one. They had covered the spread in their first 2 match ups with Chicago, but the Bulls have covered in the last 2 games. In the 4 games these 2 teams have faced each other this season the O/U record is 2-2 and the Under was the winning bet in the last match up.

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Some other angles to consider:

The Bulls are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 games against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games between these 2 teams.

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

This season the Cavaliers are 33-10 at home and the Bulls are 25-19 on the road.

SU and ATS Records

Chicago Bulls: 54-34 SU / 43-45 ATS
Cleveland Cavaliers: 57-29 SU / 42-44 ATS

Chicago at Cleveland Betting Trends

• CHI is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
• CHI is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
• CHI has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
• CLE is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
• CLE is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
• CLE has an Under record of 20-8 in their last 28 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Sagarin Rankings
Chicago Bulls: 93.11
Cleveland Cavaliers: 94.60

Injury Report

BULLS
NONE

CAVALIERS
[G] 04/27/2015 – J.R. Smith expected to miss 2 games vs. Chicago ( Suspension )
(!)[F] 04/27/2015 – Kevin Love out for season ( Shoulder )
[C] 12/24/2014 – Anderson Varejao out for season ( Achilles )

Free NBA Pick

The Cavaliers have been resting for a week after a sweep in their opening playoff series, but they will be less than full strength in this game. Kevin Love is out for the season after a shoulder injury suffered in the Boston series and J.R. Smith is suspended for Games 1 and 2.

LeBron James has never lost to the Bulls in a playoff series and he will get off to a good start with a win in this game. The Cavs are shorthanded and they may be a little rusty with all the time off, but King James will have a big game, the Cavaliers will win, and they will also cover the spread.

Take the Cavaliers -5

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