Bulls Must Figure Things Have to be Better Against Nets in Game 2
Basketball Playoff Betting – Bulls Must Figure Things Have to be Better Against Nets in Game 2
by Charles Jay, Exclusive to BangTheBook.com
The Brooklyn Nets got off to a great start in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series, and they are justifiably optimistic, but the Chicago Bulls have to be thinking that things can’t get much worse for them as they line up for Game 2, which is slated to begin at 8 PM ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Here is the setup for tonight’s game:
NBA East Playoffs – Game 2
Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets
Monday, April 22 – 8 PM ET
Barclays Center – Brooklyn
Chicago will be trying to rebound from a hideous 106-89 loss suffered in the opening game on Saturday.
In the basketball playoff betting lines that have been posted at BetAnySports, the Nets are once against favored:
Brooklyn Nets -4.5
Chicago Bulls +4.5
Over 183.5 Points -110
Under 183.5 Points -110
Nets win game -200
Bulls win game +170
You could not have played much worse than the Chicago Bulls did on Saturday. The game was getting away from them at the end of the first quarter, and by halftime it was academic. The game was not as close as the 106-89 score indicated, and that should tell you a little about how prepared Chicago was for this one. Certainly they were not prepared to deal with Joakim Noah’s foot bothering him to the point where he could play only thirteen and a half minutes. Yeah, they hit 47% of their shots. But the Nets (32/1 to win the East at BetAnySports) hammered down 56%, including 60% in the first half, and the Bulls waved a white flag, keeping Noah out of it.
It’s incredibly disappointing when you consider that Chicago held Brooklyn to 87.5 points a game in their four meetings, and everybody knew that since they were offensively challenged, the Bulls were going to have to register a lot of stops.
So now what? Well, Carlos Boozer was a bright spot, scoring 25 points, and Nate Robinson had 17 off the bench. But both of those guys are liabilities on defense, leaving coach Tom Thibodeau in quite a quandary. But his team, which is not +205 at BetAnySports to win the series in basketball playoff action, will have to soldier on and come up with a way to deal with Deron Williams, who scored 22 points in Game 1 on nine of 15 from the floor. Then there is the matter of dealing with this team up front. Reggie Evans pulled down 13 rebounds, while Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche combined for 33 points.
If Williams’ quote to the New York Daily News is any indication, the Nets’ attitude is that they can not get overconfident on the basis of Game 1.
“The first one’s easy,” he said. “You’re ready for it. The fans are ready for it. You’re excited. (Game 2) is when we see where we’re at.”
As that Daily News story pointed out, the Bulls would not be the first team that looked like it had given up already and then come back to win the series. We agree, but there have to be some fundamentals they could turn in their favor. Instead, it doesn’t look they are going to have any greater success defending a Brooklyn backcourt that has the able point guard (Williams) and the big #2 guard (Joe Johnson). And they better get something extra special on defense from Nazr Mohammed and Taj Gibson.
Generally, however, it just looks like some second-unit guys out there (save for Boozer) and this line is reasonable. As we continue with the new $1 Million Charles Jay / BetAnySports Spring-Summer Showdown, the choice here is the Nets.
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