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Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals

Tip-Off: Wednesday, May 6th 2015 at 7:00pm ET
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
TV: TNT

THE Chicago Bulls opened up the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a win (99-92) on Monday night. The next game is Wednesday night in Cleveland.

It was an impressive win for the Bulls. However, the Cavaliers are shorthanded.

Kevin Love is out for the year, while J.R. Smith is suspended until game 3. Chicago have a great chance to steal the first two games of the series on the road against the giant in the Eastern Conference.

Surprisingly, the Bulls won with perimeter shooting rather than banging low in the paint.

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Bulls vs. Cavaliers point spread predictions

If Cleveland expects to win this series they’ll need everyone to step up. Lebron James wasn’t great from the field (9 of 22), but he finished the game with 19 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. So, you can’t fault James for the lost.

Kyrie Irving had 30 points (10 of 23), while Iman Shumpert pitched in with 22 points (8 of 17).

The Cavaliers have to play more team basketball. Far too often – Irving and James were simply throwing up shots. That might work in the regular season, but it’ll never work against a team like the Bulls over the course of a 7-game series.

Timofey Mozgov only had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block, which isn’t going to cut it with Love out. Mozgov has big game potential, but he needs to be fed the rock inside early to build his confidence or else he tends to sleepwalk through games.

Chicago had three 20+-point scorers, as Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Pau Gasol scored 21 points and Jimmy Butler scored 20 points in the opener. Mike Dunleavy was even great, as he went 5 of 6 from the field (3 of 4 on 3-pointers) and had 7 rebounds.

The only starter to struggle was Joakim Noah. He finished with 9 rebounds and 4 assists, but he didn’t score a single point. It’s not like he missed a ton of shots, but that’s still rare for Noah.

That’s a scary though for the Cavaliers. Noah hasn’t been overly productive this season, but he’s going to get his points in this series and I’m not sure where the Cavs will be able to make those up with the limited depth they now have on the court.

We’ve seen some concern about whether Rose hurt himself at the end of game 1, but all reports point towards the injury being minor and he’ll be ready to go. I’m not sure the Bulls will win on Wednesday, but they’ll cover the point spread.

It’s crazy how one-dimensional the Cavs looked in the opener. James and Irving combined for 45 of the Cavaliers 81 FG attempts (55.6%). Tristan Thompson played 37 minutes – yet he only had two FG attempts and two free throws all game.

The superstars have little confidence in the role players on the Cavs and that’s going to kill them.

As long as the Bulls stay healthy they’ll win this series. They shot better than Cleveland from the field (50% vs. 42%) and from 3-point distance (55.6% vs. 26.9%), but they need to shore up the defense in the paint.

Cleveland scored 46 points in the paint compared to the Bulls 24 points in the paint.

Bulls vs. Cavaliers over/under picks

Both of these teams were strong defensively during the regular season, as the Bulls allowed 97.8 PPG (9th) and the Cavaliers allowed 98.7 PPG (13th). The Bulls are happy playing a low scoring grind it out type of game every time they step on the court.

I don’t see where the points will come from for the Cavaliers either. James and Irving can only do so much, especially when they’re being double teamed a lot of the time. I expect Butler to do a great job keeping James frustrated all series too.

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