The Cleveland Cavaliers are 23-2 straight up and 16-9 against the spread in their last 25 games at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and with their seven-game NBA playoff series knotted up at two games aside the Cavs need an edge against the Chicago Bulls.
The Cavs are a 5.5-point favorite over the Bulls for Game 5. For the previous two home games in this series, Cleveland was favored by 5.5 points in Game 2 (Cavs won by 15) at home and 4.5 points in Game 1 (the Bulls won by 7).
A Closer Look At The Chicago Bulls Vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 5 Odds, Picks & How To Watch
Matchup: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: May. 12 2015
Start Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena
TV Info: TNT
Spread: Cavaliers -5
Game Total: 191
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: Chicago Vs Cleveland
Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup:
- Paul Gasol, PF 7′ 0", 15.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 3.3 APG (game time decision)
- Mike Dunleavy, SF 6′ 9", 10.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.3 APG
- Joakim Noah, C 6′ 11", 5.5 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.4 APG
- Derrick Rose, PG 6′ 3", 21.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.5 APG
- Jimmy Butler, SG 6′ 7", 22.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.4 APG
Cleveland Cavaliers Starting Lineup:
- LeBron James, SF 6′ 8", 26.5 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 7.8 APG
- Timofey Mozgov, C 7′ 1", 9.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 0.6 APG
- Tristan Thompson, C 6′ 9", 7.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 0.6 APG
- Kyrie Irving, PG 6′ 3", 20.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.5 APG
- Iman Shumpert, SG 6′ 5", 9.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.6 APG
Giving the Cavs fits, the Chicago Bulls have covered the spread three of the four games in the current Eastern Conference semifinals, and five and of the last six games in this series including the regular season.
The Bulls average 97.6 points per game during the playoffs, worst amongst the eight remaining teams in the postseason. Chicago is shooting 42.6% from the field, and 39.6% from three-point range. The Bulls have been powered by shooting guard Jimmy Butler (22.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.4 APG) and point guard Derrick Rose (21.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.5 APG). Power forward Paul Gasol (15.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 3.3 APG) is listed day to day with a hamstring injury after missing game 4. Chicago is allowing 91.1 PPG, the lowest in the postseason, with 39.6 % from the field while grabbing 52.4 rebounds per game.
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The Cavaliers average 99.5 points per game in the playoffs, sixth best amongst the remaining eight while shooting 42.4% from the field and 33.0% from three-point land. They are led by shooting forward, the headband-less wonder: Lebron James (26.5 PPG, 10.1 rebounds per game, 7.8 APG), who knocked down the game-winner at the buzzer in game four to tie the series, along point guard Kyrie Irving (20.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.5 APG), who is dealing with a tendinitis and sprained right foot. Cleveland allows 94.0 points per game, third best behind the Bulls and the Memphis Grizzlies, while shooting 41.4% from the field, and pulling down 51.4 rebounds per game.
The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5 points, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5 points, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5 points, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5 points and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.