The Cavs will attempt to finish the job tonight when they take on the Bulls in game 6 at the United Center. Find out what NBA odds are currently trading and where the value NBA picks are to be had.
Cavs Look To Finish The Job
Cleveland Cavaliers will look to clinch the series win tonight when they take on the gutsy Chicago Bulls at the United Center, but the NBA odds are surprisingly stacked against them. Trading at +120 to win outright and at 2-points against the spread, the Cavs go into game 6 as the nominal underdogs. Will they defy the NBA odds?
Going into game 5, the Cavs knew it was time to assert themselves in the series. They were after winning game 4 in dramatic fashion, and they needed to keep the momentum going if they were to take the commanding 3-2 lead back to Chicago. Tale told, they did exactly that behind another tightly fought contest with the Bulls on Tuesday night.
Once again, LeBron James rose to the occasion to lift the ailing Cavs to the 106-101 win. James had a monster night with 38 points while Kyle Irving added 25 points as the Cavs quashed the Bulls in Cleveland. James, who was playing with a sprained ankle, traipsed up and down the court like a gazelle, showing no signs of discomfort as he added 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks to his impressive account on the day.
The four-time MVP has proven to be the X-factor for the Cavs in this series, as was expected by many NBA betting aficionados. In order to finish the series tonight, James is going to have to had another commanding game. One thing is certain: the Bulls aren't going to give it to them.
Bulls Look To Send Series Into Game 6
Despite another closely fought contest with the Cavs, the Bulls once again came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard. That said, they did pull off the cover for NBA backers as the 5.5-point road pups in the 106-101 loss, which was, incidentally, one of our choice NBA picks for the game. http://www.sportsbookreview.com/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-bulls-vs-cavaliers-game-5-a-57331/
The Bulls return home for a must-win game 6, if they are to give the Cavs a serious run for their money. Odds makers fancy the Bulls' chances, installing them as the -140 favourites to win outright and the 2-point home chalk against the spread. Is that just optimistic posturing on the NBA odds board?
Reality is the Bulls are on a two-game losing streak in this series and in very real danger of going out of the NBA playoffs once again to a LeBron-James-inspired side.
In game 5, there were some positives to be had though that could augur well for tonight's must-win game in Chicago. The Bulls staged a late surge in the game to erase a double-digit lead by the Cavs to just a few points, but then the Cavs did manage to fend them off and seal the deal. Nevertheless, that fight back is going to motivate the Bulls, who've kept this series quite close on the scoreboard since the opening game.
NBA Betting Verdict
Twice in a row, LeBron James has been the X-factor for the Cavs in victory. As a result, they are in an enviable position to clinch the series win tonight. Granted they are on the road where winning is tougher, particularly in the NBA playoffs. But they have the momentum behind a two-game winning streak and they are 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS in their last four road games.
It's not often a side of this quality and one of the overall NBA playoffs favourite to win it all is priced in underdog territory. It so happens to be the case here. Most likely because odds makers are expecting the Bulls to rally in this game. Nevertheless, we're fading the bookies and shading the Cavs at tempting their tempting +120 NBA odds to win outright on our NBA picks. When a LeBron James side is priced on the wrong side of even money, it's criminal not to touch it.
NBA Picks: Cavs +120 to win outright at The Greek.