The Eastern Conference in the NBA is starting to take shape in regards the playoff picture, with 5 of the 8 teams already having booked their ticket. Realistically, two of the other 3 teams are almost certainly in, with the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat looking poised to clinch a spot in the next few days. The Bucks don’t have it easy, though, as their next game up is a tough one versus the Chicago Bulls, an online betting treat at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday night.
Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks NBA Odds Analysis
Date: Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Venue: Bradley Center
Opening Line: Chicago -3.5
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Online Betting Analysis and Game Preview
What has to be alarming for the Bucks and their fans is the way in which they are essentially backing into the postseason. They have not been very good for quite some time now, and are just 2-8 in their last 10 games. That slide has meant that they are having to wait a whole lot longer than they really should in order to book their playoff tickets. They have slipped to 2 games below .500, and are now just 3 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets in 8th. The time and numbers are still pretty much on their side at this point, but they are going to have to pick things up if they do not want to be roadkill in the first round. The way they can get back to winning is by playing the sort of defense that has them 8th overall in points against.
The Chicago Bulls have been blowing hot and cold since losing Derrick Rose, but they look to be peaking at just the right time. They have won 5 of their last 6 games, and have been putting some points on the board in the process. The Bulls have won their last 3 games in some considerable style, knocking off the Hornets, Raptors, and Knicks by an average of about 18 points per game. They have been pretty good on the defensive side of the court all season, and you feel that if they can add some scoring into the mix, they may be able to make a run in an Eastern Conference that is not really particularly strong this year.
Key Betting Trends
Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago’s last 10 games
Milwaukee is 1-3-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Milwaukee is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee’s last 6 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
The Chicago Bulls have beaten the Bucks 3 times already this season, and were able to effectively keep Milwaukee of the board in all three. I see more of the same happening here, with the Bulls winning comfortably in a low scoring game.