Point Spread NBA Picks: Bucks vs. Bulls Game 2 of Playoffs Series

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, April 19, 2015 3:07 PM GMT

This keen basketball betting adviser previews Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series on Monday between the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls.

Battle of Lake Michigan resumes on Monday
The Chicago Bulls will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday at 8:05 PM ET. This will be Game 2 of their best of seven series in which the Bulls have a 1-0 lead. According to the NBA odds, Chicago is a 7.5 point favorite, and the posted total is 187.0, with slight line motion according to recent odds market analysis.

 

Head to Head
As a result of Chicago’s Game 1 win, they’ve now gone 4-1 SU&ATS versus Milwaukee this season, including 3-0 SU&ATS on their home floor, and won those three at the United Center by an average of 12.0 points per game. The series opener went over the total, and it marked the first time a game stayed under the number in the five played between these teams during the 2014-2015 NBA campaign. Chicago has held Milwaukee to an average of 86.0 points per game, and 39.6% shooting from the field this season.

Check out our Series Predictions for Bulls vs. Bucks.

Game One Recap
Chicago jumped out to a 60-51 halftime lead in Game 1, and proceeded to coast the rest of the way for a 103-91 victory. The Bulls held Milwaukee to just 39.3% shooting from the floor, and allowed them to convert on a paltry 25% of their three-point attempts. Chicago has now held opponents to less than 40% shooting from the field, and allowed 91-points or less in four of their last five games. The Bulls also dominated on the boards Saturday, evidenced by a 52-41 rebounding advantage. In their last five contests, Chicago has a large +9.4 rebound per game differential.

 

The Derrick Ross Effect
I very seldom refer to players performances during any of my betting preview articles unless it’s deemed noteworthy.  The play of star point guard Derrick Rose on Saturday exceeded the expectations of many, considering he recently returned to the lineup after recovering from a surgical procedure to his knee. Rose had 23-points, 7-assists, and did so in just 27-minutes during the Game 1 win. Saturday was one of the rare occasions this season when Chicago was able to start their best lineup of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol, and Joakim Noah. When those five players take the floor to start the game, the Bulls have gone 18-5 this season.

 

Final Analysis
Chicago clearly has a huge momentum advantage over Milwaukee heading into Monday’s Game 2. The Bulls have won five games in a row, and are finally healthy. Milwaukee has now gone an unimpressive 7-12 in their last nineteen games, and their body language in the opening game of the series doesn’t suggest they’re a team that’s confident of a series win. I’m favoring the home side for one of my NBA picks on Monday.

NBA Picks: Play on Chicago -7.5 at Pinnacle