Another game going in the Eastern Conference playoffs tonight is the matchups between the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls. Gametime at the United Center in Chicago, IL, is scheduled for 8:30 PM ET, and you can watch all of the action on NBA TV.
In Game 1 of this series, the Nets easily won, 106-89, and covered the spread as 4 ½ point home favorites. The total went OVER the 181 ½ point line that was set. In Game 2, the Bulls pulled off the upset, winning 90-82, and covered the spread as 5 point road underdogs. The total went UNDER the 183 point line that was set.
Brooklyn is 4-0 ATS when playing on two days of rest, and 8-2 ATS when coming off of a game in which they failed to cover the spread. They are 5-2 ATS on the road against teams with a winning record at home, and 1-4-1 ATS on Thursday night.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of the Nets’ last 8 games on the road against teams with a winning home record, and UNDER in 6 of their last 7 games on Thursday night. The total has gone OVER 10 of their last 12 on the road, and OVER in 16 of their last 21 overall. The total has gone OVER in 20 of their last 28 Conference Quarterfinals games, and OVER in 10 of their last 14 against the Eastern Conference.
Chicago is 7-2 ATS against teams with a winning record, and 11-4 ATS against the Atlantic Division. They are 3-7 ATS overall lately, and 3-7 ATS against Eastern Conference opponents. They are 1-4 ATS at home, and 0-4 ATS following a win spreadwise.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Bulls’ last 6 games at home against teams with a winning road record, and UNDER in 8 of their last 11 games on Thursday. The total has gone OVER in 5 of their last 6 home games, and UNDER in 5 of their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Between these teams, the Nets are 1-4 ATS lately. The underdog is 5-2 ATS, while the road team is 6-2 ATS in this series. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 matchups in Chicago.
For tonight’s game, the Bulls are listed as 3 ½ point home favorites. The over/under is set at 181 points.
Our take: we give the Bulls a slight 59% chance to win this game outright. Neither team has a strong enough edge to cover the point spread, according to our basketball betting analysis. If you want to check out the system we use for these picks, click here.