NBA Betting: Bulls, Heat look for wins
It's now a best of three series between the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks as the set heads to the Windy City for Tuesday night all tied up at 2-2.
The Hawks knotted up the series on Sunday night with a 100-88 win at home as a 3.5-point underdog on the NBA odds. It was a total team effort for Atlanta in the win as Joe Johnson had 24 points, Josh Smith added 23 points, 16 rebounds, and eight assists, and Al Horford chipped in with 20 points.
Derrick Rose scored a game-high 34 points to go with 10 assists for the Bulls, but he didn't have a great shooting night, hitting only 12 of 32 shots. Carlos Boozer had 18 points for Chicago, and Luol Deng had 13 points on a messy 5-of-14 shooting.
Heading back home for Game 5 the Bulls are an 8.5-point favorite on the NBA odds at Bovada. Chicago is 8-1 SU in their last nine games at home, but that lone loss came against the Hawks in the opener of the series. The Bulls were a 9.5-point favorite in that loss and they're a money-losing 3-6 ATS in their last nine games at the United Center.
Looking ahead to Wednesday night the Miami Heat can finish off the Boston Celtics when they head home to Florida for Game 5 up 3-1 in the series.
Miami grabbed a 3-1 lead on Monday night with a 98-90 overtime win as a 1.5-point road favorite. The Celtics sent the game to OT with a late surge in the fourth quarter, but overtime belonged to Miami, who opened the extra frame on a 6-0 run.
The Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh carried the Heat in the win, combining to score 83 of Miami's 98 points. James led the way with 35 points and 14 rebounds, Wade delivered 28 points and nine rebounds, and Bosh had 20 points and 12 boards.
While Miami's big stars soared in Game 4 the Celtics didn't get the production they had hoped for out of their big names. Paul Pierce had a solid game with 27 points, while Rajon Rondo played with his injured elbow and had 10 points and five assists. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett both struggled, as Allen had 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting and Garnett stumbled with only seven points on 1-of-10 shooting.
The Heat will be the favorite at home at Bovada for Game 5. Miami took both games at home to open this series, and covered in both wins as a 5-point favorite. The Heat have won their last seven games at home while going 4-3 ATS. Three of those seven wins came against Boston, and the Heat were 3-0 ATS.