Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets –Chicago leads 3-1
The Nets have to be very disappointed in losing the biggest game of this series that could’ve knotted it up. They had a secure lead and it took 3 overtimes to decide the outcome of game 4, but the Bulls came out on top thanks to the unconscious play of Nate Robinson.
Mr. Prokorhov made a public announcement at the beginning of the playoffs that the Nets are happy and looking to win. Well, they have to get past game 5 or they’re going home.
This Nets team has lived up to the billing and expect them to come racing out of the gates for game 5. Derrick Rose has already mentioned that he might be able to play in the next series (won’t happen), but that is bulletin board material if I’ve ever heard it.
Brooklyn has all of the pieces and without Rose, are actually the better basketball team despite the 3-1 deficit.
Look for a lot of Brook Lopez down low while Reggie Evans minds the glass. Kirk Hinrich will be out for game 5 and this is a major plus for Brooklyn. The Bulls use Hinrich to shadow Deron Williams on defense. It didn’t work last game as Williams poured in 32 points along with 10 assists.
I expect a big game out of the Nets. Chicago can be very inconsistent at times, especially stars like Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer.
5.5 points are reasonable. Take the betting favorite Nets to extend this series to a game 6.
Free Pick- Brooklyn -5.5 at Will Hill for your NBA picks.
Oklahoma City at Houston- Oklahoma City leads 3-0
Houston has gotten into a habit of trailing by large deficits, making extraordinary comebacks, but just to fall short in the end. They can’t let this happen as no NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in NBA history.
James Harden has been a beast all season and the last thing that he wants to do is to get swept by his former team.
The Rockets will need to double cover Kevin Durant; Russell Westbrook is out for the season and Durant is the main source of offense. This will be easier said than done. Durant is coming off of a 41 point, 14 rebound performance in game 3 and he’s playing angry. Durant is not too happy with the way that Russell Westbrook got injured as he was bumped in the knee just as a timeout was being called.
Bottom line is that Kevin Durant can’t be stopped. The Houston defense will need to neutralize Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson. Durant can’t win a game by himself especially with the way that James Harden has been playing.
Fear the Beard!
It’s time for James Harden to come up big once again. He’s coming off of a 30point, 8 rebound, and 6 assist performance. Harden is unstoppable whether he takes the ball to the hole or shoots from the outside; quite similar to Durant.
With a void at the guard position for OKC, Houston needs some production from that position. They didn’t get it in game 3. It’s mandatory that they get it here in order to pick up the win and extend this series. Jeremy Lin will be a game-time decision for game 4, but if he plays, he needs to produce.
Even without Westbrook, the Thunder are a 1.5 point NBA odds favorite. This is a gift as I think that Houston extends this series.
Free Pick- Houston +1.5 at Bet365