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NBA Playoffs Game 2 Betting: Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls

hicago is an 8.5 point favorite with a total of 180 at SBG Chicago Bulls will try and bounce back from a surprising Game 1 loss as they host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday. The Bulls were heavily favored against the Hawks in Game 1 but Chicago played very little defense and Atlanta controlled much of the game, winning 103-95.

Chicago is an 8.5 point favorite with a total of 180 at SBG

Derrick Rose was named the league MVP on Tuesday but he looked nothing like the best player in the league on Monday night. He did have his moments but he shot the ball poorly and made a boneheaded decision at the end of the game that resulted in him twisting his ankle.  If the Bulls are to beat the Hawks they need Rose to play well and they also need him to show more maturity than he did in Game 1. The X-rays taken on Rose’s sprained left ankle were negative and no MRI is planned. With the final seconds running off on Monday and the Bulls letting the Hawks run out the clock, Rose was still guarding Jamal Crawford and for some inexplicable reason he tried to make a steal and ended up stepping on Crawford’s foot.  It was the same ankle that Rose sprained in Game 4 against Indiana.  Rose has not seemed quite as explosive with the ankle injury and it doesn’t figure to get any better for a while.

The Hawks shot the ball extremely well in Game 1 and Joe Johnson had a monster game as he poured in 34 points.  The Bulls did not seem to have any answers for Johnson or the rest of the Hawks for that matter. It seems strange that Chicago needs another wake-up call after playing poorly for most of the series against Indiana.  The Hawks are not a great team and Chicago should win this series easily but if Rose continues to play poorly and make bad decisions the Bulls could be in trouble.

Here are the betting stats for Wednesday’s game. In this series, the Hawks are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite. The Bulls are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Under is 5-1 in the Hawks last 6 overall. The Under is 13-6 in the Hawks last 19 road games. In this series, the Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago.

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