If you’re taking a shot at basketball playoff betting at BetAnySports, you know that the Chicago Bulls really rocked the boat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the top-seeded Miami Heat, but got blown off the map in Game 2. Now it is time for them to come through with a superior effort as the series shifts to the United Center for Game 3. Is this something the Bulls can overcome, with all of their injury problems?
We’ll find out, as the pivotal third game of this series tips off at 8:05 PM ET.
Here is the matchup for you:
NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs – Game 3
Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
Friday, May 10 – 8:05 PM ET
United Center – Chicago
Series tied 1-1
The Bulls, who are generally known for their defense under well-respected architect Tom Thibodeau, could not keep Miami from making baskets in Wednesday’s Game 2, allowing 60% shooting en route to a 115-78 defeat, which, incidentally, was the worst post-season loss they have ever suffered. Do they have a response?
Well, the oddsmakers at BetAnySports have the Heat favored as they take to the road:
Over 187 Points -110
Under 187 Points -110
Heat wins game -300
Bulls win game +250
There is no getting around the fact that when you have people like Marco Belinelli and Daequan Cook playing significant minutes, and have to start Nate Robinson instead of bringing him off the bench for instant offense, you are short on personnel. When you think about, it is kind of remarkable that the Chicago Bulls were able to win Game 1 AT Miami, regardless of how “rusty” the Heat may have been. After all, Chicago had already been missing their floor leader, Derrick Rose, who had teased management with a possible return that doesn’t look so possible anymore. Richard Hamilton, who has been a dependable scorer in the past, has simply been a forgotten man here, having not scored a point in three weeks. Joakim Noah may not be 100% for a while with his foot problems, though he soldiers on.
But the absences of Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng are big. Hinrich, in his second tour of duty with the Bulls (now +1300 to win this series in basketball playoff betting at BetAnySports), averaged only 7.7 points this season, but stepped up his offensive game in the last month, but he is down with a calf bruise that is more serious than had been originally thought. He just got his second MRI on Thursday and could be out for the entire series, however long it lasts. Deng is a bizarre case, in that he has been sick, suspected of having spinal meningitis, and has lost 15 pounds. He has spent time in and out of the hospital, and it would be unlikely that he’d be back. Initially it had been said that he had the flu, but Deng straightened all of that out, saying that he has played with the flu before without saying anything to the media. “It kind of bothered me a little bit that that’s what was being said when I had a totally different thing. It wasn’t really just the flu,” he says.
So the Bulls have to battle the deep Heat with some personnel that might not even get on the floor under normal circumstances. Belinelli and Robinson have to battle a Heat backcourt that not only includes Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers, but also the likes of Ray Allen and Norris Cole, who combined for 39 points off the bench in the Game 2 rout. And what is scary is that there may be room for Miami (a -220 favorite at BetAnySports to win the NBA title) to elevate its game, considering that they received only 47 points from the “Big Three” of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. This is a team that can throw Allen, Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Chris Andersen and others onto the floor and compete on even terms, at the very least.
After the Bulls were embarrassed in Game 1 at Brooklyn, Thibodeau cracked the whip, made a few adjustments and got a better defens9ive effort out of his team, which allowed just 35% shooting to Brooklyn in game 2. We’re not suggesting they can shut the heat down like that, or even score enough to cover, but we could imagine more effort, which should mean more at the stop end, which is why, as part of our $1 Million Charles Jay / BetAnySports Spring-Summer Showdown (a simulation), we are making a small play on the “under,” which is 187 points but is, of course, subject to change.
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