We’re going to examine Game 2 of the NBA Playoff series between Chicago and Cleveland. Are these teams both going to continue their recent trends of going under the total? We have that answer and all the relevant information pertaining to the total on this game.
Cavaliers look to even things up versus Bulls in Game 2
The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to even their Eastern Conference playoff series with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the NBA odds at Pinnacle, Cleveland is a 6.0 point favorite, and the posted total is 194.0. Chicago was a 99-92 winner in the opening game of the series, covered as a 4.5 point underdog, and the contest went under the total of 195.0. All three games played between these teams in Cleveland have stayed under the number. I’m going to be concentrating on the total in Game 2 of this series.
Chicago has been outstanding with their three-point shooting in their five games versus Cleveland this season. The Bulls have converted on 44.3% of their three point attempts during those five encounters, and also made an average of 10.2 three-point shots per contest.
Chicago has shot a sizzling 50% from the field in their last three road games during these 2015 NBA Playoffs. The Bulls are converting on a sizzling 41.4% of their three point attempts during the postseason. They’ve also made a concerted effort to push the pace in their last three games overall, averaging 86.7 field goal attempts per outing.
The 92-points scored by the Cavaliers in their Game 1 loss to Chicago, marked the first time in seven tries, they failed to score at least 99-points in a game. Cleveland is averaging 101.6 points per game in the playoffs, and is averaging 103.0 points per contest for the season. They’re also averaging 29 free throw attempts per game in the playoffs, and converting on a stellar 78.0% of those attempts. That’s a considerable difference to their season averages of 24 attempts per game, and a 75.4% conversion rate. The Cavaliers have also been successful on 38% of their three-point attempts at home this season.
NBA Totals System
- The total in this contest at the time of this writing was 194.0.
- Both teams are obviously playing in the second halves of their seasons.
- Going into this game, Chicago has a defensive field goal percentage of 43.2% on the season.
- The Bulls have held each of their last eleven opponents to 42.2% or less shooting from the field.
- The Cleveland Cavaliers have a defensive field goal percentage of 45.4% during this 2014-2015 NBA campaign.
Any road team (Bulls) with a total of 190.0 to 199.5 that has a defensive field goal percentage of 41.5 to 43.5, and held each of their last five opponents to 42% or less shooting from the field, versus an opponent playing in the second half of the season, and that opponent has a defensive field percentage of 43.5 to 45.5, resulted in that road team going 47-23 (67.1%) over the total since 1996. The average total in those seventy games was 193.7, and the average combined points scored were 200.0. There were 53.7% of those games that went over the total by 7.0 points or more. I’m going to fade the general public who early in the process overwhelmingly have wagered on the under, and head in the opposite direction when making my NBA picks for Wednesday.
NBA Pick: Chicago and Cleveland to go over the total of 194.0 at Pinnacle.