Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets Game 7
Date/Time: May 4th, 8:00 pm ET
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Nets -6.5
There’s nothing like the Game 7 of an NBA playoff series, and we have a great Game 7 on our hands on Saturday night at the Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Nets look to knock off the Chicago Bulls in a make or break NBA betting battle for both teams.
Chicago has some tremendous problems with health at the moment, and it’s a wonder how it is going to get through this series. We all know about G Derrick Rose’s problem this season with his torn ACL, and he clearly isn’t going to be coming back this year unless the Bulls happen to make it very deep into the second season. G Kirk Hinrich has a calf problem that cost him both Game 5 and Game 6 of this series, and it is still up in the air as to whether he is going to play. F Luol Deng is in the hospital as we speak with an illness, and it is unknown whether he is going to be able to travel with the team to Brooklyn, let alone be able to play in the game. On top of that, C Joakim Noah is still dealing with plantar fasciitis, which he is playing through. That’s probably the biggest part of the reason why this team has lost back to back games in this series to blow a 3-1 series lead. Noah has already come out and thrown out the “G” word and said that the Bulls would win this game.
The Nets really could have given up after losing in Game 4 in triple overtime at the United Center, particularly after blowing a double digit lead in the last three minutes of regulation. Brooklyn was the favored team in both Games 5 and 6, and it made it stand up by winning at home at the Barclays Center in Game 5 and at the United Center by three points in Game 6. The hard part of the job is done, as the Nets have flipped home court advantage back in their favor. However, the job isn’t finished yet, and Head Coach PJ Carlesimo and company had better drill that into the squad, or bad things could happen. G Deron Williams has been a beast in this series, averaging nearly 42 minutes per game. He is good for 20.0 points and 8.7 assists per game. C Brook Lopez has been the team’s leading scorer at 22.5 points per game, and he is also one of the top rebounders (7.2 RPG) and shot blockers (3.2 BPG) in the series as well.
It’s really, really difficult to trust the Nets at this point, especially laying a touchdown. This is obviously the biggest game that the Barclays Center has ever seen, and though the crowd will be rocking, we’re just not 100% certain that Brooklyn is going to be able to win this game. Gun to our head, we’d take the Bulls on the moneyline, but we definitely think there is major value in them and the points. Chicago 88 – Brooklyn 85
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