Game 5 Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Current BAS’ Line: Cavaliers are listed as a 5-point favorite and the Total is at 190 1/2.
The first four games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals are in the books. The matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in has the makings of a classic.
Each of these Central Division rivals winning once at home and once on the road. The Bulls have the 3-1 edge against the spread so far.
BetAnySports has opened them as five-point road underdogs for Tuesday’s crucial Game 5 showdown. The NBA betting odds for the total have been set at 191.5.
Chicago drew first blood in this series. They had stunning 99-92 victory in Game 1 as a 4.5-point underdog on the road. This followed a 4-2 series win against Milwaukee. The opening round series ended up going six games after Chicago won the first three games.
The Bulls grabbed a 2-1 series lead over Cleveland. Chicago’s last-second 99-96 victory on Game 3 was intense. Chicago was 2.5-point favorites at home. The Bulls fell victim to a last-second 86-84 loss this past Sunday as three-point home underdogs.
The total stayed UNDER BetAnySport’s 194-point closing line in that game and it has now stayed UNDER in five of their last seven contests.
Cavaliers Looking for Offensive Consistency
Cleveland cruised past Boston in the opening round with a straight-up four-game sweep. The Cavs were 3-1 against the spread. They failed to cover in three of the first four games in this series. The total has stayed UNDER in five of eight postseason games overall.
LeBron James nailed the game winner on Sunday as time expired as part of his team-high 25 points.
Through his first eight playoff games, he is averaging 26.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists a game. The Cavaliers as a team are scoring 99.5 PPG and shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.
The Bulls come into Game 5 with a 5-2 record ATS in their last seven road games. They are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a SU winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight games following a SU loss.
The Cavaliers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win and the total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games played on a Tuesday.
The home team in this matchup is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and that is the way that I am leaning for Tuesday night. Lay the five points on BetAnySports’ betting odds for this game and stick with Cleveland to cover at home.
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