NBA Playoffs Betting Preview: Hawks at Bulls

Hawks Bulls logosThe Chicago Bulls were expecting to close out the Atlanta Hawks in four or five games but their Eastern Conference semifinal series has not gone according plan. The series is now tied 2-2 with Game 5 set for Tuesday night in Chicago (8:05 p.m. ET, TNT).

The Bulls had the best record in NBA this season (62-20 SU, 50-31-1 ATS) and most people expected them to easily handle Atlanta. But that has not been the case and now this series will go at least six games.

For Game 5, Chicago is listed as an 8.5-point home favorite at SBGGlobal.com and the total is set at 181. On the moneyline, the Bulls are -475; the Hawks are +375.

The Bulls split the first two games of this series in Chicago and then did what was expected as they blew out the Hawks 99-82 as 2.5-point road favorites in Game 3. The Bulls did not keep the pressure on in Game 4 as Atlanta won on Sunday night to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Chicago had a chance pounce on Sunday with the game tied in the fourth quarter but the Hawks made all the big plays down the stretch to win 100-88 as 3.5-point home dogs.

Josh Smith had a huge game for the Hawks with 23 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists. Derrick Rose had another 30+ point game but he took too many shots and made some mistakes late that cost Chicago.

The Bulls win with defense – they were the second best defensive team in the league this betting season allowing just 91.3 ppg. The Bulls won with defense in Games 2 and 3 but they didn’t play much in Game 4 allowing the Hawks to reach triple digits.

Looking at Game 5, it would seem that the Bulls would bounce back with a huge game but there are some concerns for backers. The spread is pretty wide at 8.5 points and the Bulls are just 2-3 ATS in the playoffs at home.

Here are some key NBA Playoff betting stats for Tuesday’s game:

The Hawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog. The Hawks are 2-6 ATS in their last eight Tuesday games.

The Bulls are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Tuesday games. The Bulls are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 playoff games as a favorite. The Bulls are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.

The under is 5-2 in the Hawks’ last seven road games. The over is 4-1 in the Bulls’ last five overall. In this series, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Chicago.

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