April 18, 2011

Playoff NBA Picks: Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls Game 2 Preview

After taking a 1-0 series lead by a relatively narrow margin in Game 1, the Chicago Bulls will be back at it in Game 2, and they’ll hope to put together a better showing against the Indiana Pacers. Our Game 2 NBA picks are sure to cash in on this one, so don’t miss out!

Give the Pacers all of the credit in the world for the way that they came out of the blocks in Game 1 of this series. They led for the first 40+ minutes of the game before finally yielding to a strong Chicago comeback. However, it is clear that Indiana has absolutely nothing to hold its head down about. The team went +4 in the turnover department against one of the best teams in the land in holding onto the rock, and it shot 46.4 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc against one of the better defenses that the game has to offer. Danny Granger had a great game with 22 points, but the men of the hour were a bit surprising. Tyler Hansbrough, a man which had never played a playoff game before in the league, came up with 22 points against a great frontcourt. Darren Collison also really busted onto the scene with 17 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Still, when push really came to shove, the Pacers gave everything they had, but it wasn’t enough to claim a victory in the Windy City.

We keep preaching just how important rebounding the basketball is, especially in NBA playoff betting action. The Bulls had an amazing 21 offensive rebounds and 49 in total for the game to help them survive a brutal Game 1. Head Coach Tom Thibodeau, a defensive mastermind, cannot be happy with the way that the Pacers really had their way with this Chicago ‘D’ in the first half, as they scored 55 points. However, that rebounding advantage wasn’t the only key stat. The Bulls as a team shot 26-of-32 from the charity stripe, and a lot of that was thanks to the efforts of soon to be NBA MVP Derrick Rose. Rose went 19-of-21 from the foul line and 10-of-14 from inside the arc, giving him 39 points for the day. He also had six boards and six assists, and all of that goodness more than made up for the fact that he shot 0-for-9 from beyond the arc. Kyle Korver picked up the slack there, as he hit four three balls and really took over the game when the comeback was on in the fourth quarter. Both Joakim Noah (10 points, 11 boards) and Luol Deng (18 points, 10 boards) had double-doubles on the day.

Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls Pick: We just have a hard time believing that the Pacers are going to shoot the ball this well against Chicago again. The rest of what went the Bulls’ way will continue to do so without a shadow of a doubt, as the Pacers just don’t have the rebounders to be able to bang on the glass. This one might be close for awhile, but when push comes to shove, Indiana will relent. Take the Bulls -11.5.

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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