Betting on basketball handicappers continue to gain respect for the Chicago Bulls as they emerged from nowhere to become the top seed in the East and a new NBA betting power.
The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat will meet in the best of seven NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Chicago has home court advantage for the series as the top seed and is coming off a 103-82 win over Miami in game 1. The series will continue on Wednesday from Chicago before moving on to Miami for game 3 on Sunday and game 4 on Tuesday.
The Bulls have been one of the more profitable teams in the NBA playoffs with 7 payoffs in their first 12 games while Miami got the money in 6 out of their first 11 playoff games.
What has been most surprising in the playoffs so far with the basketball betting odds has been the play of Chicago’s offense as it is ranked 5th in the NBA post season for scoring while Miami is ranked 8th.
Chicago’s highly touted defense has remained in top form for the post season as it ranked 2nd in the league for points allowed while Miami, who has had a good and underappreciated defense, ranked 4th for points allowed in playoff action.
The Bulls defeated the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks in the playoffs to reach this round while Miami dispatched of the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics to make the Eastern Conference Finals.
Derrick Rose of the Bulls was 2nd in the NBA for playoff scoring with an average of 28.8 points per game to rank as a key and leading asset with the NBA odds. Miami had two top scorers with Dwayne Wade’s 25.5 PPG and LeBron James’ 25.1 PPG.
Chicago has been an excellent value in this head to head series with 13 payouts in their last 19 games. The series has gone under the total in 10 of the last 14 games between the two teams.
The Bulls have been especially profitable at home against the Heat with 14 payouts in their last 18 games with 6 of the last 8 games between the teams going under the betting on basketball total.