We’ll examine Game 6 of the NBA playoff series between Chicago and Milwaukee on Thursday. Can the Bulls finally put the Bucks away once and for all after failing in two straight elimination games?
Bulls and Bucks in Improbable Game 6
The Milwaukee Bucks will entertain the Chicago Bulls on Thursday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the NBA betting odds at Bookmaker, Chicago is a 3.5 point favorite, and the posted total is 187.5. After falling behind 3-0 in the series, Milwaukee has rebounded to win each of the last two games in order to stave off elimination. It marked the first time in Bucks franchise history that they’ve been able reach Game 6 of a playoff series after trailing 3-0.
Apparent easy Series for Bulls now a Dogfight
The Bulls had what looked to be an insurmountable 3-0 lead in this series. When you consider the fact they won a 113-106 double overtime thriller in Game 3 on the road, it seemed likely that result, and the manner in which it occurred would’ve taken the wind out of the Bucks sails. However, much to the chagrin of Chicago, it’s been quite the contrary. The Bulls lost 92-90 in Game 4 when the Bucks scored the winning points at the final buzzer, and then were knocked off at home on Monday during a gutty performance turned in by the series underdog. At this point, the Bulls will take a win in any fashion they can in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals versus Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Young Bucks gaining Confidence
The young roster of the Milwaukee Bucks have shown an impressive amount of resiliency and character by staying alive in this series when it would’ve been easy to quit. After all, not a lot of people gave them a realistic chance of upsetting the Chicago Bulls before the series began, nor would they have been considered a huge failure by bowing out in four games after being so competitive throughout series versus the heavily favorite Bulls. However, here they are in Game 6 at home with a chance to even the series at 3-3, and really tighten the noose around the necks of their Central Division rival.
NBA Totals Betting Angle
Any team (Milwaukee) with a total of 180.0 to 189.5, coming off a divisional road win, and they’re playing just their second game in the last five days, has seen 93 of those 138-games (67.4%) go over the total since 1996. As a matter of fact, 51.8% of those 138-games went over the total by 7.0 points or more. The average total in those contests was 185.0, and the average combined points scored were 192.1.