Monday night the NBA playoffs continue with a pair of Game 2s on the calendar. The first game features the Milwaukee Bucks versus the Chicago Bulls, while the late game out west pits the Golden State Warriors at home versus the New Orleans Pelicans.
Chicago is at -7.5 for this game while the point total sits at 188. Milwaukee plays very good defense but the Bucks gave up 103 points to Chicago in Game 1. Chicago was able to hand out 30 assists in its 38 baskets.
Each of the four meetings during the regular season ended UNDER, but Game 1 on Saturday cashed over.
The Bulls were able to cover as 8-point favorites winning by 12 points.
Chicago played superb as Derrick Rose played his first playoff game in three seasons and scored 26 points. Jimmy Butler added 25 and the two combined for 13 assists. Up front, Pau Gasol hit just 5 of his 17 shots but he, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah each grabbed double digits rebounds.
Both teams were weak from the foul line with both shooting less than 70%. Milwaukee should improve upon its poor 39% shooting from the floor, in Game 2. The Bulls rolled in Game 1 despite turning the ball over 19 times.
Chicago owned the boards with an 11-rebound advantage.
The play here is UNDER and Chicago.
For Game 2 of the series between the Pelicans and Warriors, Golden State is favored by 11.5 points, with the point total sitting at 205.
When often times, is just as important as what. Two free throws that were completely meaningless in the final second of Game 1 pushed the point total to 205 from 203. The total prior to the game was between 203 and 207 so there were bettors who won or lost on the two shots that meant next to nothing in the game’s outcome.
New Orleans entered Game 1 as a 13-point road dog but easily covered losing by just 7 points. However, early on the Pelicans were behind and by the third quarter trailed by 25 points. The Warriors defense kept Anthony Davis neutralized until the fourth when he scored 20 points to end the game with 35.
The game on Monday will determine the rest of the series as Golden State is a better team that showed its ability to dominate, but will they be able to close games out for bettors that take them as favs by double digits.
Despite a Game 1 loss, New Orleans will have momentum entering Game 2 and could cover another spread of double digits. They were down big in Game 1 and rallied, never really threatening, but putting a scare into the Warriors fans.
The play here is New Orleans and the points.