Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams play on Saturday April 18th, 2015. At 7:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.
The (41-41) Milwaukee Bucks and the sixth seed of the Eastern Conference Central Division takes a 70 mile trip south to the “WINDY CITY”. Milwaukee will play the (50-32) and number 3 seed Chicago Bulls also of the Eastern Conference Central in 2015 NBA Playoff action. The teams will play at the “UNITED CENTER” on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. The best Sports Handicapper believes The Milwaukee Bucks exceeded al expectations this season, but must bring their “A” game. The Chicago Bulls have been built for playoff basketball and should advance. The opening betting line has Milwaukee as a 7and a half point road underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is at 185′ points for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Milwaukee Bucks ended the regular season winning three of four straight up. The Bucks lost their season finale 105-100 to Boston. Milwaukee was 1-3 both straight up and ATS vs. Chicago this season. Milwaukee averages 97.8 points per games scoring the basketball, 8th in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks defense allows the opposition 97.4, which is sixth in the NBA. Head Coach Jason Kidd knows what it takes to win playoff basketball. Kidd took the Brooklyn Nets to the second round last season and has a year of experience coaching in the postseason. Newly acquired Point Guard Michael Carter-Williams is comfortable in the Bucks system. Carter- Williams is the team leader in scoring, assists, and steals since coming over from Philadelphia. The Bucks players are healthy, Guards Jerryd Bayless and Jared Dudley are nursing minor ailment but both will play Saturday. The Milwaukee Bucks are 2-2 their last four NBA Expert ATS Predictions on the road, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under the betting odds total once. The Milwaukee Buck could use their former starting power forward Larry Sanders, who walked away from the game in February. Center Zaza Pachulia and backup John Henson has to come up big. Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Carter Williams could pose matchup problems for Chicago. The key to a Milwaukee win is to play their style of basketball, patience on offense, and gritty defense is the recipe. The betting odds under the total are 4-0 the last four between the teams. Bovada lists the Milwaukee Bucks at 100/1 2015 NBA Eastern Conference title.
The 2015 Chicago Bulls won their last four down the stretch of the regular season. Chicago has plenty of experience and players believe they are the best team in the NBA. Head Coach Tom Thibodeau is at odds with General Manager John Paxson, and nothing can repair the relationship, but an NBA title. Chicago scores nearly 101.0 points per game. The tough Bulls defense is the signature of the team and has Thibodeau’s personality. Guard Jimmy Butler is the team leader in scoring and steals. Derrick Rose is looking forward to the 2015 NBA Playoffs; he dishes out a team-high 4.9 assists. The Chicago frontcourt can do it all. Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Taj Gibson can handle any post players in the league. The Bulls are healthy, backup Guard Kirk Hinrich is questionable for Saturday’s game. Rose, Butler, and Noah are nursing minor ailments. The betting odds over the total are 4-0 Chicago last four on Saturday’s. The key to a Chicago win is to take advantage of the home crowd and make open shots. The Bulls are great in the post, but Milwaukee are long and athletic in the paint. The Chicago Bulls are probably a great bet to win the Eastern Conference. Bovada Lv has the Chicago Bulls at 12/1 the 2015 Eastern Conference Championship.