The Chicago Bulls hold a 2-1 series advantage over the Cleveland Cavaliers after a last second buzzer beater by Derrick Rose gave his team a 99-96 advantage in Game 3 as time expired on Friday night.
Game 4 is set for Sunday with tip off scheduled at 3:30 pm est from the United Center in Chicago.
In a little bit of a surprising move, Oddsmakers have priced the road team Cavaliers as a -3 point chalk and have set the total for the game at 195 points.
During the regular season, the Cavs notched a 22-19 SU record on the highway compared to the Bulls, who were 27-14 SU on their home court.
Obviously, playing on the road and trailing in the series, Cleveland is in a bit of trouble, but the betting line suggests they will bounce back and even the series. However, I am not so sure about this.
The Cavaliers have been stellar after an ATS loss, winning their last four against the spread, but they are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games.
Meanwhile, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played at the United Center and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 following a S U win.
Taking a look at the total suggests going OVER the posted number as Chicago has done so in five of its last seven Conference Semifinals games. Additionally, the OVER is 5-2 in the last 7 head-to-head meetings when these adversaries play in Chicago.
NBA futures odds have the Bulls priced at 5/1 to win the championship this season and the Cavaliers at 11/2.
Special game props for this contest include, Derrick Rose scoring 30.5 points, with +550 paying out on the OVER and -900 on the UNDER.
Similar odds are offered for LeBron James’ expected point total, which is set at 39.5. Backing the OVER comes with a generous +650 reward, but going UNDER is a different story with a price of -1200.