Bulls carry a 3-1 lead to Brooklyn

The Chicago Bulls can close out their best-of-seven first-round NBA betting series on Monday night as they take their 3-1 series lead to Brooklyn for Game 5 of the set against the Nets.

Chicago won Game 4 of the series by a score of 142-134 in triple overtime as a 2-point home favorite on the NBA odds on Saturday, getting 34 points off the bench from Nate Robinson in that victory. Deron Williams had a team-high 32 points for Brooklyn.

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The Nets are 49-33 so far on the season, and 39-41-2 ATS vs. the number. The Bulls, meanwhile, are 45-37 and 36-46 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Brooklyn go 41-41 and the Bulls go 37-45 on the totals.

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Betting Line:
Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Nets as 5.5-point favorites in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 180 earlier at GTbets.eu.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Nets - Bulls odds would favor the Nets if the lines were set according to power ranks. Brooklyn is rated No. 12 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bulls sit at No. 13. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 96-95 win for the Nets.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Brooklyn's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 96.9 PPG, against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 92.9 PPG. The Nets field goal percentage has averaged 45% so far, more than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 43.7% per game.

Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 4-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.9 points per game. Brooklyn, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.

The Nets were a 142-134 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (276) made winners of OVER bettors. Brooklyn got 32 points from Deron Williams en route to a 142-134 loss at the hands of Brooklyn on Saturday at United Center.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Brooklyn are 8-2
After playing Brooklyn are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Chicago are 4-6
After playing Chicago are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

A few Bulls at Nets trends to consider:
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Brooklyn
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chicago's last 17 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
Brooklyn is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Brooklyn is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Brooklyn's last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Brooklyn's last 17 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Brooklyn, Thursday, May 2
Brooklyn at Chicago, Thursday, May 2

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