Betting basketball handicappers continue to be surprised at the Atlanta Hawks as they are coming off a big NBA sports betting upset win in the first round of the playoffs.
The number 8 seed Atlanta Hawks will take on the number 1 seed Chicago Bulls in the best of seven NBA Eastern Conference Semi Finals. Games 1 and 2 will take place in Chicago on Monday and Wednesday nights. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on every NBA playoff game so be sure to have your account open and ready for action!
Chicago is coming off a 4-1 series win over the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs although they beat the NBA playoffs odds in just 2 of those games with 3 of the 5 matchups going under the total. Chicago was the 2nd ranked defensive team in the NBA this year while ranking 20th for scoring offense.
Derrick Rose is the new big name player of the NBA as he led Chicago with 25 points per game in the regular season along with 7.7 rebounds per game. Rose picked up his game in the playoffs with 27.6 points per game in the first round. Joakim Noah was a Windex Man with 10.6 rebounds per game versus Indiana.
Atlanta beat Orlando 4-2 in games for a major first round upset as they covered the NBA betting odds in 5 of the 6 matchups with the last 5 games going under the total. Defense is the key to Atlanta’s success as they ranked 9th for points allowed while their offense was somewhat sluggish and ranked 26th in the NBA for scoring.
Chicago won 2 out of the 3 regular season meetings between these two teams on the season but Atlanta paid out in 2 of those games. The series went under the total 2 out of 3 games this year. Overall Atlanta has been a good value against the Bulls with 7 payouts in their last 10 games versus Chicago.
Atlanta has paid out in 3 of their last 5 betting basketball matchups at Chicago with 4 of those games going over the total.