Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls look to square the ledger against the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 on Monday night from the Barclays Center. The Nets are -4.5 point favorites over the Bulls.
Head to head, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Brooklyn while the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Bulls on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Thanks to a big second quarter, the Brooklyn Nets made light work of the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 on Saturday night, running away with a comfortable 106-89 victory in the best of seven series. Led by 22 points from Deron Williams and 21 from Brook Lopez, the Nets made 16-20 shots in the second period to outscore the visiting Bulls 35-21, which gave them a commanding 60-35 lead at the major break and ultimately turned out to be the difference in the game. It was an impressive display from a Nets team in their first playoff appearance since 2007. As for the Bulls, Carlos Boozer led the way with 25 points and eight rebounds while Joakim Noah was clearly limited with that foot injury, playing just 14 minutes in the blowout loss.
I expect a much better performance from the Bulls in Game 2, but I’m having a hard time taking them here given what we saw on Saturday night. The Nets were really impressive and in Williams and Lopez, they have the best two players on the court. Chicago is a tough minded club and one of the better road teams in the league, but I just don’t see how they keep up with a hot Nets team here, especially considering Noah isn’t anywhere near %100 healthy.
The Bulls might come out and look like a different team tonight, but I just can’t look past Brooklyn from what we saw in Game 1.
Brooklyn Nets -4.5 Chicago Bulls