The NBA Playoffs betting have started and the Bulls are playing with confidence, but they will not be able to repeat last year’s first round, when they extended Boston to 7 and tired out the Celtics so much that they had nothing left in Round 2 and got knocked out by Orlando.
The Cavaliers outlasted the Bulls in Game 1 on Saturday, but the Bulls will be looking to beat the NBA Odds back on Monday night. Heading into Game 2 on Monday night, the Cavaliers are playing to a 78-game home sellout streak at Quicken Loans Arena. It’s supposed to be a challenge, that’s why they call it a shortcut. If it was easy it would just be the way. The Bulls were in a playful mood as they regrouped following their 96-83 loss to the Cavaliers, whose size and cache of offensive weapons around James wore down the Bulls in the best-of-seven series opener.
The Cavaliers are bolstered by the return of O’Neal, who missed Cleveland’s final 23 regular-season games after tearing a thumb ligament but came back 20 pounds lighter and focused on winning his fifth title. O’Neal only scored 12 points, but he was a factor at both ends.
The NBA Odds at the moment have the Cavaliers as 10½-point favorites against the Bulls, while the total Over/Under is at 191.
The Bulls: 41-41 SU, 42-38-2 ATS
The Cavaliers: 61-21 SU, 37-43-2 ATS
The Bulls more recently:
While playing on Monday’s they are 5-5
Before playing the Cavaliers they were 5-5
After playing the Cavaliers they are 3-7
After a loss they are 5-5
The Cavaliers more recently:
When playing on Monday’s they are 6-4
Before playing the Bulls they were 8-2
After playing the Bulls they are 7-3
After a win they are 7-3
The Bulls at home vs the Cavaliers, on Thursday, April 22