Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets
Date/Time: Monday, April 29, 2013 7 p.m. (ET)
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Brooklyn -5.5
Total Line: 180
The Bulls have played their way into position to pull-off the first upset of the 2013 NBA Playoffs with a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series. Things started off on a bad note in a 106-89 loss as a 4.5-point road underdog, but since that point Chicago has rolled to three-straight victories including a 142-134 triple-overtime thriller this past Saturday night as a 2.5-point home favorite. It is still just 3-5 against the spread in its last eight games and the total has gone OVER in four of its last seven outings.
Chicago has gotten the job done with a strong defensive effort at times as in its 79-76 win in Game 3 as a 3.5-point home favorite and by lighting up the scoreboard when it had to like in Game 4. Carlos Boozer leads the team with 20.3 points and 11 rebounds with Nate Robinson and Luol Deng combining for another 31.6 points a game. The Bulls are shooting 47.6 percent from the field and pulling down an average of 43.3 rebounds a game. One injury of note is that Kirk Hinrich will probably be a game-time decision with a sore left calf.
Brooklyn has to be stunned over how this series has slipped out of its control after the dominating win in Game 1, but the team as a whole has not been able to come up with the key baskets when it needed them the most. After shooting better than 45 percent from the floor during the regular season, the Nets shot just 35.4 percent in Game 2 and 34.6 percent in last Thursday’s three-point loss in Game 3.
Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson have accounted for 60 percent of the team’s points in this series so as they go so goes the Nets. Lopez is also pulling down 7.5 rebounds a game with Williams leading the team in assists (7.8). Overall, Brooklyn is shooting just 30 percent from three-point range which has definitely not helped its cause.
Free NBA Pick
All three of the last four games between the two could have gone either way. As well as Chicago has played so far, the Nets are just one solid win away from climbing right back into this series. It might be a different story when it has to go back on the road for Game6, but for Monday night’s contest stick with Brooklyn to get the straight-up win at home. That being said, the free NBA pick is still with the Bulls to play well enough to cover with the 5.5 points.
Brooklyn 93 Chicago 89
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