Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls
The Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls square off in Game 7 from the Barclays Center on Saturday night. The Nets are -6.5 point favorites over the Bulls.
Head to head, the Bulls are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Brooklyn. The Nets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Bulls on the other hand are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Who would have thought we would be seeing a Game 7 between these two teams with the way this series was headed. After their triple overtime loss in Game 4, which put them down three games to one, the Brooklyn Nets suddenly look in control of this series after running away victorious in Game 5 & 6.
With Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich both missing through injury, the Nets took control on Thursday as the trio of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez all scored 17 points apiece as Brooklyn withheld a late rally from the home team Bulls to come away with a 95-92 win to even the series at three games apiece.
This is a tough one to call because we still don’t know the status of Deng and Hinrich as both are still questionable due to injury. If anything, it looks like Deng will probably play and I would be surprised if Hinrich missed too because after all, this is a Game 7. While Brooklyn once again has the momentum in this series and they are playing at home, I still think we are going to see a strong performance from the Bulls tonight. Let’s also not forget that two of the last four meetings have been decided by three points or less while Game 4 went into triple overtime.
I think the Nets probably move on to the second round tonight, but the Bulls will go down swinging.
Chicago Bulls +6.5 Brooklyn Nets