NBA Picks: Bulls Poised to Sweep First Round Series Against Bucks

Nikki Adams

Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:20 AM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015 11:20 AM UTC

The Bulls look to sweep the series with the Bucks in game 4 on Saturday. By the NBA odds board, they have the game cornered in their camp. Join us as we preview this game & serve up our NBA picks.

Chicago Bulls Poised To Sweep
The Chicago Bulls are confident to sweep their first round series with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, marking the first comprehensive start to their postseason campaign since 2007.

The Bulls kicked off their campaign with a 103-91 win over the Bucks, all while covering as the 8-point faves against the spread. In game 2, they advanced their edge over the Bucks behind a 91-82 win, all while covering as the 8-point home chalk. Heading to Milwaukee for game 3, the Bulls were installed as the decisive road faves across the board, which they proved to be deserving of very much as they went on to win 113-106 all while covering as the 2.5-point road faves.

No team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series in the NBA Playoffs. That's going to be source of confidence for the Bulls as they look to wrap up the series on the road this weekend. Odds makers have installed the Bulls as -210 favourites to win outright and  the 5-point road faves against the spread. Both of which appear to be the popular NBA pick in early consensus betting markets.

As it is, 72% of public money coming down the wire is on the Bulls to come through in straight up betting markets. Another 59% is on the Bulls to cover as the 5-point road faves.


Milwaukee Bucks Look for Morale Boosting Victory
The Milwaukee Bucks have been thoroughly outplayed and outclassed in the NBA Playoffs, falling to their ninth straight postseason defeat on Thursday. They'll look to snap that negative trend in game 4 of their first round series with the Chicago Bulls, if only to have a moral victory. The NBA odds are stacked against them however. Odds makers send the Bucks into what could potentially be their season-ending game as the +175 home underdogs to win outright and the 5-point home pups against the spread.

It's going to take something extra special by the Bucks to win game 4. So far they've been unable to handle the intensity and pace of the Bulls, despite playing some good ball. Good ball however doesn't cut it. Unfortunately, it's leaving it a bit late in the day to try to turn things around. By the stats, the Bucks are 9-10-0 ATS as home underdogs, highlighted by a 2.7-point margin of defeat.


NBA Betting Verdict
It's a bit late to say that it's now or never for the Milwaukee Bucks. Their postseason appears all but over, let alone their NBA playoff skid slated to extend to ten straight defeats since 2010. All that is left really is to play for the moral victory, which might be an incentive to encourage NBA bettors to consider the Bucks as the choice NBA pick. Obviously, no team wants to go out of the playoffs without striking an audible chord.

Problem is the Bulls don't appear to be in a charitable mood. They've grabbed this series by the scruff of its neck and they don't look like relinquishing that hold at all. If they continue to dominate the game in every key aspect, it's hard to see them losing to the Bucks. There's no way around it but to take the Bulls as the choice NBA pick here.

NBA Picks: Bulls to win at -210 and cover-5.0 at The Greek

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