With Game 2 of the 2015 NBA playoffs between the Bucks and Bulls just hours away, live streaming/en vivo information, betting odds, ATS trends, free picks/predictions and TV schedule start time for this pivotal clash are now available. According to an NBA.com report, the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, will host tonight’s showdown at 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT) on TNT Sports – however, all indications are that there will not be a no (live stream/en vivo) online feed available for this one.
With that out of the way, it’s time to dissect the second game of this first-round NBA playoff series between the third-seeded Chicago Bulls and the Eastern Conference’s sixth best team, the Milwaukee Bucks. Led by Derrick Rose’s 23 points, seven assists and two steals, the Bulls took the series opener by a final score of 103-91.
But can Chicago continue its winning ways by taking 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series over the Bucks in the Windy City? The following is a betting preview of tonight’s contest, along with a free pick – but first, here are tonight’s officiating crew: Mark Lindsey, Bill Spooner and James Williams.
2015 NBA Playoffs Odds – Home Team Favored in Game 2: It should come as no surprise that, for a second game in a row, the hosting Bulls are the team to beat, both, straight up and ATS. The latest NBA playoff point-spreads have the Chicago Bulls as [-8 pt.] favorites and the Milwaukee Bucks as [+8 pt.] underdogs by almost double digits. The OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 187 points, and money lines go as follows: Bucks +400 vs. Bulls -300.
Bucks vs. Bulls Head-to-Head Betting Breakdown: These Central division rivals performed very close to one another against-the-spread this season. Milwaukee closed out the regular season with a 46-36-1 record, while Chicago went 40-43-0 in this department. Head-to-head, the Bulls have better numbers in points per game, free-throw percentage, rebounding and committed fewer turnovers. Nevertheless, their counterparts will try and pull off the upset by capitalizing on their strong areas in this matchup that include: field-goal percentage, defense and bench production.
General ATS Consensus Stats Prior to Tipoff: Moments removed from tipoff, the betting population believes Chicago will cover the spread in Game 2. Currently, 54 percent of the action favors the Bulls to pull through by nine points or more, while 46 percent of bettors believe otherwise. As far as the O/U goes, 53 percent believe these teams will go OVER 187 points, while 47 percent predict they will finish below that mark.
Chicago Bulls Recent ATS Trends: Bulls fans can rejoice, because their team comes in with a 4-1 record following a straight-up win, in their last five games versus Eastern Conference foes, and after scoring 100 points or more in their previous five games. In addition, Chitown has also benefited from some home-cooking against weaker opponents, as this team is 7-2 in its last nine games played at the United Center versus a team with a losing road record like the Bucks (18-24).
Milwaukee Bucks Recent ATS Trends: In spite their (well-documented) road struggles, an underdog bet might just be the way to go based on the Bucks recent betting numbers. Milwaukee comes in perfect with a 4-0 record when their opponent has scored 100 or more points in their previous game. They’re also 6-2-1 in their last nine games after a loss, 3-1-1 following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points and are 10-4-1 in their last 15 games played on a Monday.
zoomdune.com Free ATS Betting Picks (Game 2): Milwaukee Bucks [+8]