Will Cleveland be able to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss in Game 3? Can the Bulls attain a 3-1 stranglehold in the series by coming out on top? Here are all the answers & our NBA pick.
Central Division Rivals in Game 4 Clash on Sunday
The Chicago Bulls will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Playoff series on Sunday at 3:35 PM ET. Chicago currently holds a 2-1 lead in the series. According to the NBA betting odds at GTBets, Cleveland is a 2.0 point favorite, and the posted total is 194.5. All three games played in Chicago this season between these Central Division rivals have gone over the total, and averaged a combined 206.0 points scored per contest.
Game 3 Recap
The Bulls were able to capture Game 3 at home on Friday in dramatic fashion. Derrick Rose banked in a three-point shot at the buzzer to give Chicago a 99-96 win, and enabled them to maintain home court advantage.
Neither team shot the ball well on Friday. Cleveland converted on just 39.0% of their field goal attempts while Chicago was an even worse 37.8%. Despite the poor shooting, the game managed to go over the total of 194.5. The Bulls certainly dominated on the boards, holding a huge 66-45 rebounding advantage. Each of these teams continued to protect the ball very well in this series with Cleveland committing 11 turnovers, and Chicago just 7.
Team Playoff Updates
The Cleveland Cavaliers have allowed 99-points or less in each of their previous six playoff games. They’ve held three of the last six opponents to less than 40% shooting from the field. They’re now 5-2 straight up and 4-3 ATS during the 2015 NBA Playoffs.
The Chicago Bulls are allowing an average of just 91.7 points per game, and have held opponents to 39.7% shooting from the field during their nine playoff games. Chicago has also converted on a stellar 39.3% of their three-point attempts during the 2015 postseason. The Bulls are 6-3 SU&ATS so far in these playoffs.
NBA ATS Betting System
As for my NBA pick, go against any team (Cleveland) that’s +3.0 to -3.0, playing with same season revenge stemming from a loss by three points or less, and is coming off a defeat by three points or less at the hands of a divisional opponent. If you went against that team in this exact situation, the results would be 30-8 ATS (78.9%) since 1996.
NBA Pick: Play on Chicago +2.0 over Cleveland at GTBets.