The NBA playoffs continue on Monday night and we will see the Milwaukee Bucks travel to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls in game 5 of their best-of-seven series. Free Pick to follow. The game has a start time of 5:30 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on NBATv. Current Vegas betting odds have Chicago listed as 8.5 point favorites, while the total is set at 187.5.
Analysis: The Milwaukee Bucks made it to the playoffs with a 41-41 mark, but really they haven't played well for much of the 2nd half of the year. They have gone 11-21 in their last 32 game, but did pick up a big win in game 3 to live to fight another day. The Bucks have gone just 18-25 on the road this year. Milwaukee has gone 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Bucks have scored 97.3 ppg on 45.0% shooting overall and 34.5% from long range on the road this year. Defensively they have been solid on the road allowing just 98.6 pg on 43.9% shooting overall and 33.3% shooting from long range.
The Chicago Bulls won the first two games of this series at home and then took Game 3 of this series in Milwaukee, but the Bucks staved elimination with a big 92-90 win. Now they have a shot to end the series on their home floor, where they are 29-14 on the year.The Bulls have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 8-2 ATS the last 10 in the series. Chicago has scored 101.7 ppg on 43.9% shooting overall and 34.8% from long range at home this year. Defensively they have been solid at home, allowing just 97.1 pg on 43.0% shooting overall and 33.3% shooting from long range.
Pick: Milwaukee had their fifteen minutes of fame, but now the party is over. Chicago handled them pretty well at home and now coming off the loss i expect them to be fully focused here and bounce back strong. The Bulls just have too many weapons on offense and their defense has been stifling at home. I don't see how the Bucks keep this one close, especially with the Bulls having a rejuvenated Derrick Rose on their side. I look for about a 12 point win by the Bulls here.
-$25 of picks FREE! No Obligation - No Credit Card Required - Becoming a member is Fast and Free!
Stay on top of the latest odds and line moves for the NBA Playoffs with our real-time odds from Las Vegas and offshore!
What Has Been Learned From NBA Playoffs So Far
Teddy Covers and Steve Fezzik From Pregame.com discuss what they have learned from the first few days of the NBA playoffs and how to use that information moving forward.