NBA Betting Preview: Chicago vs Cleveland Game 4
There are few things more exciting in sports than that one great shot that wins the game: the Hail Mary pass, the walk off home run, the sudden death OT winner, and the buzzer beater. It was the latter of that group, supplied by Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, which proved to be the dagger in the heart of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference match-up. The improbable long range 3-pointer gave the Bulls a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 on Sunday, however, the Cavs enter Sunday’s match as slight favorite in the NBA betting odds.
NBA Betting Preview: Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 4
Date/Time: Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Spread: Cavs -1.5
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) May 9, 2015
The game winning shot was not anyone’s idea of pretty, but you still cannot take away from the blow that it dealt. Rose himself said that the call was supposed to be to take the ball into the corner and head for OT, but why do that when you have a shot at glory. If anyone deserves the accolades being thrown around today, it’s Rose. He is undoubtedly a great talent, but he has seen his career fail to reach the heights it should because of injury. Make no mistake, though, this is not a one man team, as Jimmy Butler has been stellar through the playoffs so far. He was like a second skin on LeBron James last night, just as he was in Game 1. It is the sort of defensive effort that now has many people looking at the Bulls as the team to beat in the East. With one more game at home before heading back to Cleveland, the Bulls have the opportunity to take a real strangle hold on this series.
While there is no denying that the Cavaliers are LeBron James’ team, it is also clear that he needs help from his surrounding cast. The absence of Kevin Love looks like it’s beginning to take a toll, and an ankle injury to Kyrie Irving makes things even worse. Irving tweaked his ankle in Game 3 and did not register a single assist while trying to play through the pain. The word out of the Cleveland camp today is that Irving has been playing hurt for a little while now, but it looked very evident for the first time in the Friday night game. Having J.R. Smith back in the line-up helped the cause, but the Cavs are going to have to get more from players other than LeBron if they are to snatch a win in hostile territory.
Top Betting Trends
- Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Cleveland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games
- Cleveland is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games on the road
- Cleveland is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Chicago
- Cleveland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
- Cleveland is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games when playing Chicago
- Cleveland is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Chicago
- Cleveland is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Chicago
- Chicago is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
- Chicago is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games
- Chicago is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home
- Chicago is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games at home
- Chicago is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Cleveland
- Chicago is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing Cleveland
- Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
- Chicago is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Cleveland
- Chicago is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Cleveland
You cannot deny the impact that the Game 3 buzzer beater had on both teams. With the Bulls backed by a loud home crowd, they may well ride the momentum of that shot into Game 4. I think they get the win there to take a big 3-1 series lead.