The Chicago Bulls will look for the close out when they travel to face the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 of their best of seven Eastern conference NBA playoff series with a pro basketball game on Monday night. Tip off time from Brooklyn is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.
The NBA odds from Game 5 has the home team Brooklyn Nets favored by -5 ½ points with an over under line of 180 points. There has been no early movement in this NBA playoff game since the odds were released a few hours ago.
The Bulls go up 3-1 in this best of seven series after a 142-134 home triple overtime victory against the Brooklyn Nets as a -2 ½ point betting favorite. The game landed over the total of 176 ½ points.
Chicago overcame a 14 point fourth quarter deficit with over three minutes left in the fourth quarter to force the overtime period. The Bulls enjoyed a 53.2% shooting game and made 6 of 19 three pointers. They survived missing 20 of 29 free throws. Nate Robinson came off the bench with 34 points and four assists as he made 14 of his 23 shots. Carlos Boozer chipped in with 21 points along with eight boards on 10 of 16 from the floor. The Bulls got much needed offense to take the 3-1 series lead. It is an issue that has plagued this Chicago team all season long with Derrick Rose sidelined. The Bulls are 29th and second to last in the NBA in scoring offense with 93.2 points per game average.
The Nets shot 49.5% in defeat in game three. After going up 1-0 Brooklyn has lost three straight games to Chicago in this first round series. The team shot 9 of 24 from three and gave away the game by missing 16 of 45 free throws and committing 20 turnovers. Deron Williams had 32 points and 10 assists as he connected on 11 of 25 from the field. Center Brook Lopez contributed with 26 points with 11 rebounds on 9 of 20 shooting. Brooklyn ranks in the bottom third of the NBA in two key defensive categories which are field goal and three point shooting defense. They allow 46.4% shooting and 36.6% from the three point line to opponents on the year.