The Chicago Bulls pulled an amazing Game One upset against the Miami Heat in Miam in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The 93-86 win was capped off with a 10-point run to win the game by the Bulls.
No one expected the Heat to go gently into the night and fold after such a decisive defeat. Lebron James and company rebounded in a big way on Wednesday night and covered that NBA pick against the spread with a rout of the Bulls that turned nasty towards the end of the game.
The series now moves to Chicago for Games Three and Four. Can the Bulls rebound after such a heart sinking loss, or are they just a speed bump for the defending champions?
Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
Game three of this series is tonight in Chicago at 8:00 ET. With the series tied at one game each, the Heat are seven-point favorites at sportsbooks such as WagerWeb.
It is hard to expect anything less from Lebron than what he did in Game Two. He dominated in the early going and probably would have finish with bettor stats had it not been a blow out of a game. In the first quarter the Heat jumped to a five-point lead and extended that lead to 29 by the start of the last quarter of play. Lebron ended the game with 19 points, nine assists and five rebound.
As much as I don’t expect the Heat to let up on the gas, I also don’t expect the Bulls to lay down. We saw the passion in Game Two, but it boiled over. To win Game Three, the Bulls will have to control that passion and find an answer to what went wrong in Game 2.
San Antonio Spurs at Gold State Warriors
After the pushing Game One to double overtime, the Golden State Warriors had something to build off of. That is exactly what they did when they broke their 30 game losing streak in San Antonio by upsetting the Spurs in Game Two.
The Warrirors are leaning heavily on Stephen Curry as well as Klay Thompson to hit their open shots. Luckily for the team, that tandem is performing lights-out because the rest of the team isn’t doing much on the interior.
The Spurs are looking like the elder team they are and were lucky to split the two games at home. It will be curious to see if they can regroup and even win a game on the road when they take on Golden State in Games Three in Oracle Arena. Golden State is currently 1.5-point favorites for Game Three.
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