We’ll be examining the opening game of the NBA playoff series between Chicago and Cleveland on Monday. Our betting preview article will focus on the total in this contest, and culminates with a 40-12 (76.9%) betting system in that regard.
Bulls and Cavaliers set to open Series on Monday
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference second round series on Monday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the NBA odds at Wagerweb, Cleveland is a 5.0 point favorite, and the posted total is 194.0. These Central Division rivals met four times during the regular season, and both encounters in Cleveland stayed under the total. My area of focus in this contest will be geared toward the total.
Bulls Totals Report
The Chicago Bulls saw each of the final three games go under the total during their first round series win versus Milwaukee. The Bulls have gone under the total in six of their previous eight games on the road. Chicago has held twelve of their last fifteen opponents to 95-points or less. Monday will be the twelfth time this season that Chicago will be installed as a road underdog of 6.0 or less, and they’ve gone under the total on ten of the first eleven occasions.
Cavaliers Total Update
Monday will mark the eleventh time this season that Cleveland has been installed as a home favorite of 5.0 or less. They’ve stayed under the total each of the first ten times when cast into that exact role. The Cavaliers are coming off a four game sweep of the Boston Celtics in their opening round playoff series. Cleveland has gone under the total in seventeen of twenty-one game this year following a winning streak of four games or more.
NBA Totals Angle
Chicago is coming off a resounding 120-66 win over Milwaukee this past Thursday during their opening round series clincher. They led that game at the half by a decisive score of 65-33. The combination of those two scores falls into an extremely profitable totals betting system. I’m definitely going to be factoring in this impactful data when making my NBA picks for Monday.
Any team (Chicago) coming off a win by 30-points or more, and they led at the half of that contest by 15-points or more, has gone 40-12 (76.9%) under the total since 1996. The average total in those 52-games was 194.7, and the average combined points scored were 189.3.
NBA Pick: Chicago and Cleveland to go under the total of 194.0 at Wagerweb.