The NBA playoffs continue on Thursday night and we will see the Chicago Bulls travel to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to take on the Milwaukee Bucks in game 6 of their best-of-seven series. Free Pick to follow. The game has a start time of 7:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on NBATv. Current Vegas betting odds have Chicago listed as 3.5 point favorites, while the total is set at 187.5.
Analysis: The Chicago Bulls went into their game 5 matchup with the Bucks holding a 3 games to 1 edge in the series, but they just didn't play very on their home floor and now they have to travel back to Milwaukee for game 6. The Bulls are now 24-19 on the road this year. The Bulls have gone 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 11-4 ATS their last 15 games in Milwaukee. Chicago has scored 99.7 ppg on 44.3% shooting overall and 36.0% from long range on the road this year. Defensively they have been solid away from home, allowing just 98.0 pg on 43.1% shooting overall and 33.3% shooting from long range.
The Milwaukee Bucks made it to the playoffs with a 41-41 mark and really haven't played well in the second half of the year, but they have now made this into a series as they just upset the Bulls, in Chicago, to make the series now just a 3-2 Bulls advantage. A win here and anything can happen in a game 7. The Bucks have played decent at home, where they are 23-20 on the year so far. Milwaukee has gone 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games, but just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Bucks have scored 97.9 ppg on 44.9% shooting overall and 35.0% from long range at home for the year. Defensively they have been very good at home allowing 96.6 pg on 43.9% shooting overall and 35.3% shooting from long range.
Pick: I am going with the Bulls here. They are a much better team than they have showed i the last 2 games and I just can't see them being forced to a game 7 here. The Bucks have won the last 2 games, but they still have not been a very good team since the All-Star break and i feel that the last two losses by the Bulls have been more of them just losing focus after getting out to the 3-0 lead in the series. I see them getting that focus back after having the extra day to prepare for this one and wrapping up the series with a win of at least 8 points.
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