Things are getting awfully shaky for the Atlanta Hawks, as they have lost home court advantage once and now need to win at least one more game at the United Center to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Chicago Bulls will hope to get rid of these pesky Hawks once again in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead, while Atlanta is going to try to level the NBA betting proceedings up in this series.
The Bulls are finally starting to really look like one of the best teams in the league, and they finally think that they have the best team in the Eastern Conference and a phenomenal chance of getting to the NBA Finals. Derrick Rose is not only the league’s MVP from the regular season, but he is, almost certainly without a doubt, the MVP of the playoffs as well. Rose had the best game of his career in Game 3 on the road here at Phillips Arena, scoring 44 points to go with seven assists. He might have ended up with the points, thus getting the glitz and the glamour, but if you look at the stats from the rest of the team, you can see that the rebounding advantage really made the biggest difference. A rebounding advantage of 47-34 was the key. Chicago had double the offensive rebounds as the Hawks. Joakim Noah had 15 rebounds and five blocks to make up for a 1-for-8 shooting day from the field. Taj Gibson also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Rose all had at least five rebounds as well. Only two players on the Hawks had more than five boards.
Have the Hawks finally had it? We know that this team doesn’t really have the ability to fight back from problems. They haven’t been able to claw back from a significant deficit in the playoffs this year in spite of the fact that they have more wins than losses on the postseason. Now, they have their first deficit on a series that needs to be made up, and it really seems questionable whether Atlanta is going to have the wherewithal to get off of the mat. We know that a Game 4 loss to go down 3-1 in this series would be the beginning of the end. The pain for Head Coach Larry Drew is that his team really didn’t shoot that poorly in Game 3, and it hasn’t had a game lost in which it shot this well. There just weren’t enough opportunities. The Hawks only took 70 shots for the whole game. Sure, they went 33-of-70, shooting 47.1 percent, but 1-of-6 from beyond the arc and 15-of-25 from the foul line just weren’t good enough.
Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick: The Bulls just have their foot on the throats of the Hawks, and there is no way that they are going to let them off the mat. With Kirk Hinrich out of the lineup once again, the talent just isn’t there to be able to keep up with Rose. We have to go with the Bulls -3.5 on Mother’s Day night.
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