The Brooklyn Nets will hit the road as they take on the Chicago Bulls in game three of their best of seven NBA playoff series with a pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Chicago is scheduled for 8:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBA TV.
The NBA odds from game three of this playoff series has the home team Chicago Bulls favored by -3 ½ points with an over under line of 181 points. There has been no line movement since the betting odds came out a few hours ago.
The Bulls evened up their playoff series with the Nets at 1-1 following a 90-82 road win at Brooklyn as a -5 point betting underdog. The total landed under 183 points.
The Nets were held to just 11 third quarter points and 36 total for the second half in defeat. They could not make their 55% shooting night in game one as they make just 35.4% from the field in game two and made 4 of 21 three pointers. They had five less rebounds than Chicago. The Nets point production was greatly reduced from the first game as Brooklyn scored 30 paint points in game two. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 21 points and five boards as he made 7 of his 14 shots. It was a bad night for Joe Johnson as he goes 6 of 18 from the field. Brooklyn is ranked sixth in the NBA in scoring defense by allowing 95.1 points a game. We have seen a recent increase in scoring by the Nets as they put up over 100 points in seven of their past nine games.
The Bulls shot 48.1% from the floor and connected on 3 of 12 three pointers. Chicago survived a poor free throw shooting game as they make 13 of 23 from the charity stripe. Luol Deng had 15 points and ten rebounds as he made 7 of his 17 shots. Joakim Noah played 25 minutes as he made 11 points and grabbed ten rebounds. The Bulls don’t expect Derrick Rose to play in this series. Chicago ranks near the bottom in all three key offensive areas. They are second worst in the NBA in scoring as the team averages just 93.2 points a game.