Basketball betting handicappers respect the Bulls suffocating defense as it could prove to be a major asset and the difference in Chicago’s run with the NBA playoffs odds.
The Chicago Bulls will host the Indiana Pacers on Monday night with a starting time of 9:30 PM ET and a telecast on TNT. This will be game 2 of the best of seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals series.
Tom Thibodeau is a name that has emerged this season in the NBA as the coach of the Chicago Bulls and the man that orchestrated their remarkable reemergence into prominence as a top basketball gambling contender.
Thibodeau ran the Boston Celtics defense during their runs to the NBA title and Finals last year and has made the Bulls into the top seed in the East with a defense that ranked 2nd in the league for points allowed.
Derrick Rose is the man that handles the offense as he led Chicago with 25 points per game and 7.7 assists per outing. With Rose and that defense the Bulls have what they believe to be a winning combination.
Chicago was an outstanding board value this year as they caught many handicappers off guard with their great play as they got the cash in 24 home games with just 15 losses against the spread as a host. The Bulls went over the total in just 16 out of 41 home games this year.
Indiana was the last seed in the Eastern Conference and got the money in just 17 out of 41 away games. The Pacers enter NBA playoffs betting as the only team with a losing record to make the post season.
Danny Granger led Indiana with 20.5 points per game as Indiana was ranked 13th in the NBA for scoring offense and 17th in the league for points allowed on defense.
Chicago has paid out in 7 of their last 10 home games against Indiana although the Pacers have gotten the money in their last 2 games at the United Center. This series has gone over the basketball betting total in 6 of the last 9 head to head meetings in Chicago.