Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls Game 5 Expert Picks, Odds and Predictions – NBA Playoffs Betting Preview 5/10/11: SwingmanJoe Johnson will lead the hustling Atlanta Hawks on the road to the United Center to take on MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at 8:00 PM ET for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on TNT sports. Atlanta scored 16 points to Chicago’s just 4 in the last for minutes of game 4 to pull even at 2-2 in the best of seven series which now is a 3 game home, away, home (if needed) for the Bulls.
The NBA playoffs are WIDE open as the Mavs upset the two time defending champion Lakers, Boston is down 3-1 to the Heat, and Memphis and Oklahoma City are tied 2-2, and the Hawks look like a team that is not going to give up easy. The young team played good defense down the stretch and outhustled the bulls for loose balls and those extra possessions that often make a difference in a close game. The Bulls have this year’s MVP and Rose has risen to every occasion so I look for a big game at home for game 5. The odds makers at BetUS have the Chicago Bulls a -8 1/2 point favorite at home against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Bulls again were led by Rose with 34 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists in 44 minutes of play while big Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 6 boards. Small forward Luol Deng chipped in 13 points as well as pulling down 7 rebounds and forward-center Joakim Noah only scored 6 points but grabbed 11 boards and played his usual aggressive defense. Vegas odds makers have the Chicago Bulls +750 to win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship.
The Hawks were led by Johnson with 24 points and 5 assists but he was only one of three players to score 20 or more for Atlanta in a balanced offensive attack. Forward Josh Smith scored 23 to go along with 16 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Al Horford added 20 points pulled down 5 boards and dished 4 dimes as well. Vegas odds makers have the over/under for the total score at 181 points combined of the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls.
The NBA was supposedly becoming a league of a handful of super teams, are any of them going to make the NBA Finals? I predict the Hawks cover so take the points to win.
Free Pick: Atlanta Hawks +9
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|GAME 5 Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls
Time: 8:05 PM EST on TNT
2011 NBA 2nd Round Playoffs Series: Series Tide 2-2
Vegas Odds –
Favorite: Chicago Bulls -9(pointspread) Total: Over/Under 181
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