Cleveland Cavaliers (58-31) at Chicago Bulls (56-35)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -1 — Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls meet Sunday afternoon in game four of their playoff series.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need this game in order to tie this series up heading back home. LeBron James is averaging 26.7 points and 7.7 assists while Kyrie irving is averaging 22.1 points and 3.7 assists. J.R. Smith is dishing one assist and Iman Shumpert is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from deep in these playoffs. Irving admitted to playing on an injured ankle after game three, but the Cavs need him to step up here. The Cavaliers have lost four of their last five games when scoring less than 100 points. Ten of the Cavaliers last 12 losses have come on the road.
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The Chicago Bulls can all but put this series away with a victory. Jimmy Butler is averaging 23 points and 3.6 assists while Derrick Rose is averaging 20.3 points and 6.8 assists. Mike Dunleavy is dishing 2.4 assists and Taj Gibson is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Bulls continue to rely on their defense to get victories, and they’ve won 11 of their last 15 games when allowing less than 100 points. The Bulls have also won 10 of their last 11 games on their home court. Pau Gasol is questionable with a hamstring injury.
The Cavaliers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Bulls are just the tougher team in this series and smells blood in the water. I’m not sure LeBron is able to carry his Cavs to a victory, as they’re playing with no Kevin Love and a banged up Irving. I’m taking the home team once again.
Chicago Bulls -1
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