With the 2015 NBA Playoffs and the 1st Round completed, we move on the 2nd Round with the 1st Game in the Eastern Conference on Monday the 4th of May 2015, with the Bulls of Chicago (50-32, 2nd Central) playing the Cavaliers (53-29. 1st Central) with the Series tied at 0-0 with this Game 1 being played at the Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio with the game tip-off at 7:10 PM ET and seen on TNT TV.
The Vegas betting odds are favoring the Cavaliers of Cleveland in this 1st game on the 4th of May at -5 with the Total 194 and -210 on the Money Line, while the comeback on the Bulls of Chicago at +5 and +175 on the Money Line. We take a look at the schedule for this 7 game series in the Eastern Conference and after this 1st Game the 2nd Game will be played also in Cleveland on Wednesday the 6th of May with the Bulls at the Cavaliers. The 3rd Game will be played in Chicago on Friday the 8th of May with the TBD and with the Cavaliers at the Bulls. The 4th Game is on Sunday the 10th of May also in Chicago at 3:40 PM ET with the Cavaliers at the Bulls. The 5th Game (if needed) to be played on Tuesday the 12th of May in Cleveland with the Bulls at the Cavaliers with time TBD. The 6th Game is to be played in Chicago on Thursday the 14th of May in Chicago with the Cavaliers at the Bulls with time TBD. The 7th and Final Game (if needed) in Cleveland, on Sunday the 17 of May 2015 with the Bulls at the Cavaliers, with the TBD.
The Cavaliers and L. James in their 1st Round Series sweep of the Celtics were playing like they wanted to win the Championship this season in that sweep, but the win also came with it casualties. On the other side the Bulls had a much more difficult series with the Bucks, but finally winning the series 4-2. Thus, the meeting now takes place with the key rivals in the Central Division Conference of the East. The question at hand is, can James be the matador and tame the Bull of Chicago?
If you’re a fan who would Bet on NBA at an Sportsbook, you know that the young players of Milwaukee brought their team to that game 6, but they were unable to compete with the Bulls in that Game 6 as Chicago put on a show with M. Dunleavy showing his hot talent from the field as he completed 5 of 7 attempts and scored 20 points in the game, while P. Gasol contributed another 19 points as the Bulls, and D. Rose led the Bulls with 30 points as they routed the Bucks 120-66 in that final series winning game 6 for Chicago. That happened to be the 2nd biggest victory margin in the Playoffs of the NBA.
If the Bulls are to win this 1st game of Round 2 on the road they will need their star Rose to play like he’s the MVP player of this series which he could be, as in the Round 1 and 3 road games of the 6 games shot 46 % and averaged 21 points against Milwaukee. They will also need a good game from J. Butler who is replacing the suspended J.R. Smith, as Butler in game set of 6 of the 1st round completed 49 % of his shots and averaged 24.7 points as well as 24.6 % from 3-point range. In the last 7 road games the Bulls are 5 and 2 against the spread.
If you’re Cavaliers of Cleveland fan, apart from L. James your other star to date in the playoffs has been Love who has had 9 rebounds and shooting some 47.3 % and averaging 18.3 in the 1st 3 games of postseason play, but now he’s out, then you have to expect more from T. Thompson who during the season off the bench he averaged some 8.5 rebounds and 9.5 points each game in substitution. The Cavs will also be looking at assistance from their Center T. Mozgov with Love being out, as in postseason he has average 9.9 rebounds and 10.7 point in his five games against Chicago this season. Then there is J. Jones whose performance was below average in their 1st round playoffs, and the Cavaliers need him to step up and play to his abilities in this series with Smith being absent of key players. The Cavaliers will also seek a continue performance from I. Shumpert who played well in game 4 against the Celtics as he had 10 rebounds and scored 15 points off the bench.
The Media experts like the Cavaliers to cover the points and win the 1st game at home and to continue to win and take the series in some six round 2 playoff games.