NBA Picks: Bucks vs. Bulls Game 1 to Go 'Under' the Total

Ross Benjamin

Friday, April 17, 2015 7:24 PM GMT

Our resident NBA handicapping professional will be covering the opening game of the NBA Playoff series between the Bucks and Bulls on Saturday. Join us in reading his insightful betting preview article on this contest that culminates with a totals selection.

NBA Central Division Rivals meet in First Round of Playoffs
The Chicago Bulls will host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of their best of seven NBA Playoff series on Saturday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the NBA odds at 5Dimes, Chicago is a 7.5 point favorite and the posted total is 185.5. These Central Division rivals met four times during the regular season, and Chicago won three of the four. All four of those contests went under the total, and there was a combined average of 176.7 points per game scored. It must be noted, that all four of those encounters had a total of 191.0 or more.

 

Bucks limp into the Postseason
The Milwaukee Bucks finished the regular season by going 10-18 in their last twenty-eight games. Although, they did show some encouraging signs by winning three of their last four overall, and were victorious each of their last three on the road.

 

Bulls look Primed for a Deep Playoff Run
The Chicago Bulls enter the playoffs having won their last four in a row, and were a solid 10-4 in their final fourteen games of the regular season. They’ve also buckled down defensively by holding three of the last four, and nine of their previous seventeen opponents to less than 40% shooting from the field. The Bulls have also won seven consecutive games at home, and covered in five of those seven.

 

Final Analysis
The Bulls played very well down the stretch at the United Center in Chicago. The Bucks have been one of the best money teams on the road this season at 27-14 ATS. I’m going to stay away from the side and will have a lean on the total for one of my NBA picks on Saturday.

Free NBA Pick: Play on Milwaukee and Chicago to go under 185.5 at 5Dimes.