NBA Pick: Look for Bulls -5 to Take Over Bucks in Tonight's East Conference Battle

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 2:20 PM GMT

Bulls and Bucks have previously met this year with Chicago winning & covering all, no wonder why Bulls are NBA odds road faves tonight. Read more on this clash inside.

Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks 8:05 ET
The Chicago Bulls visit the Milwaukee Bucks at 8:05 ET in an Eastern Conference Divisional battle. These teams have previously met 3 times this year with Chicago winning and covering all three games which is why they are a 5-point favorite on NBA odds board; Of equal importance is the dominance exhibited by Chicago in this series. The victories have come by 9, 7 and 16 points, in games where they have allowed Milwaukee to score just slightly better than 81 PPG.  As a result, Chicago has now posted 9 consecutive victories on this court against Milwaukee, allowing the Bucks an average of only 86 PPG.  Surely, they will be looking to continue that dominance in what could well be a preview of a potential 1st Round playoff matchup.  Rose remains out for the season, but 2 important Chicago pieces, Gibson (ankle) and Butler (elbow), are expected to suit up for this game.  At 45-29 SU, Chicago trails Cleveland by 2 ½ games for second place and is just 1 game ahead of Toronto for the No. 4 seed.  Milwaukee appears to be comfortably slotted at the No. 6 spot with a record of 36-38 SU. The home/road splits for these divisional rivals are dead even with Chicago at 21-15 SU away, a like number for Milwaukee’s home record.

 
It has been a tale of two different seasons for Milwaukee.  Remember that the Bucks were the worst team in the NBA last year with a 15-67 SU season.  With the hiring of Jason Kidd, the Bucks bolted from the gate with a record of 32-25 SU, a miraculous turnaround.  But, roughly correlating to the trade of PG Brandon Knight at the trade deadline, Milwaukee has floundered in the 2nd half of the season with a 4-13 SU, 5-12 ATS mark.  Their 2 most recent efforts were losses of 13 points each to conference leaders Atlanta and Golden St. 
 
The Chicago Bulls have pulled it together, despite the loss of Derrick Rose.  The Bulls are well rested after cruising to a 111-80 victory against the Knicks on March 28th.  That makes the recent run now 5-1 SU ATS for the Bulls with victories of 31, 13, 12, 16 and 17 points.  It should come as no surprise to long-time Chicago followers that in those victories, Chicago has allowed the opposition less than 90 PPG.  Credit the strong guiding hand of HC Thibodeau with returning the team to a cohesive state while stressing the fundamentals of defense.   
 
Motivated by playoff positioning, having dominated the Bucks this season, and on this court, and currently playing with far better current form than their host, it makes sense that Chicago pulls away for another defensive driven, double digit victory tonight so add them to your Wednesday NBA picks


Free NBA Pick: Take Bulls -5 at BetOnline