NBA Pick: Expect Cavaliers to Bounce Back Tonight Against Bulls & Level the Series

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:53 AM GMT

Bulls look to mastermind a second straight upset over the Cavaliers, when game 2 gets underway tonight. Where do the NBA odds stand? Find out as we preview the game and serve up our NBA picks.

Bulls Stun Cavaliers  In Game 1
Chicago upset Cleveland  in game 1, winning 99-92 against the NBA odds and silencing the raucous fans at Quicken Loans Arena. With game 2 on the line, NBA bettors, quite rightly, are questioning whether the Bulls can do it again.

No Kevin Love. No J.R. Smith. It was a shorthanded Cavaliers that opened the series on Monday night, and it showed. They visibly struggled right out of the gates as the Bulls opened a big lead. Making matter worse, LeBron James wasn't on his game. Although he posted 19 points and 15 rebounds, he also had two costly turnovers and missed an ambitious layup in the dying minutes.

Overall, it wasn't a good enough performance by a LeBron-James-led team on both sides of the ball. If the Cavs hope for a different outcome in game 2, they'll need to perk up from top to bottom.

No LeBron-James -inspired team has lost the opening two games of a series in seven years. That track record, however, is in very real danger of being snapped on Wednesday night, despite the NBA odds across various sports betting platforms that serve up the hosts as the prohibitive faves at -245 NBA odds to win straight up and as the 5.5-point home chalk.

Love is out for the season.  J.R. Smith has one more game suspension to serve. So the reality is that the Cavs will be enjoying similar shorthanded conditions in game 2. It would be nice to say that the Cavs are a lock bet for your NBA picks, regardless of these conditions because they are sure to put in a better account this time around. But that might sound overly optimistic.

That's not to say they won't put in a better account. On the contrary, they'll be keen to assert themselves in this series and atone for the missed opportunities in game 1. That's what the Cavs do, they make no excuses but go about doing their job. The question that is difficult to answer is whether they can figure out how to stop the Bulls' juggernaut: Derrick Rose. If game 1 were any indication, the Bulls are up for it. Ready to go toe-to-toe with the Cavs and give as good as they get, if not better.

 

Bulls Brimming With Confidence
The Chicago Bulls strutted into Quicken Loans Arena with confidence and purpose on Monday night, and they were duly rewarded with a victory. No matter what happens on Wednesday night, they're undoubtedly in an enviable position right now with a road win and with two home games to look forward to this weekend that could prove series-deciding. That said, the ideal result would be another road win to take a 2-0 lead in the series back to Chicago.  

Unlikely though it may be,  you can bet they'll be looking to pull off the feat nevertheless. Even if the NBA odds are stacked against them at +205 in NBA betting markets. Derrick Rose and Paul Gasol had standout games as they led the Bulls to the improbable road win. Rose posted 25 points, all while hitting 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

The pair are on form and raring to go in game 2. Still, the Bulls have been in similar territory before, when they won the opening game of their series with a James-led Miami Heat (sans Rose as well), only to lose four on the trot immediately afterwards. So they'll be wary of those lessons and try not making the same mistakes again.

 

NBA Betting Verdict
As it is, the NBA betting outlook is firmly cornered in the hosts' camp. The Cavaliers didn't play well in game 1, but it's too early to panic on the NBA odds board. By and large, the expectation is that they'll bounce back to level the series 1-1 before heading to Chicago at the weekend. For our money, we're of the same opinion as the bookies. As for the recommended NBA picks, -245 NBA odds are quite pricey, but not really in this case when you consider it's the Cavs that are trading on those odds. A team of their quality and ilk should probably be priced higher. So they're worth the stake in money line betting. Take the Cavs on your NBA picks as the -245 home faves. 
Since we're going with the money line bet on the Cavs, it only makes sense to add the spread bet on our NBA picks. So take the Cavs as the 5.5-point home chalk too. 

NBA Picks: Bet on Cavs to both win outright -245 and cover-5.5 at The Greek

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