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BULLS: (-4.5, O/U 189) Chicago is winning games SU, but they are also showing they are far from unbeatable. The Bulls have been severely tested, and you can be certain the other teams alive in the East are taking note of how the Pacers are causing them fits. While the #1 seed, the Bulls nucleus isn't used to playoff winning. On the road tonight, the Bulls are going to make a huge statement. PG Derrick Rose is likely to be at the forefront of that goal. Rose has been dominant against Indiana, averaging a team high 37.5 PPG, as well as 7 RPG and 6 APG. Rose is without question the player with the best stat line so far in the playoffs. F Carlos Boozer is averaging 14.5 PPG and a team high 11 RPG in the 2 games against the Pacers. The Bulls are 26-15 SU and 25-16 ATS in road games overall this season. Chicago is 6-5 ATS this season as a road favorite between 3.5 and 6 points. The Bulls are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. Chicago is 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games following an ATS loss. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as the listed favorite. Chicago is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Chicago is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing SU record.
Projected Score: 102 (SIDE of the Day)
Bulls are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games.
Over is 14-5 in Bulls last 19 Conference Quarterfinals games.
PACERS: Indiana has played Chicago very tough, far tougher than most expected. The Pacers are hungry for a win however, as they are a high character group that is playing very hard. Despite not having a SU win, the Pacers are 2-0 ATS thus far in the playoffs. The Pacers believe they can beat the Bulls, and tonight gives them their best opportunity to get that elusive win. Indiana will feed off their home crowd, who are happy to be seeing the playoffs live. The Pacers are 24-17 SU and 21-19 ATS in home games played this season. Indiana is 4-4 ATS as a home underdog between 3.5 and 6 points this year. F Danny Granger is averaging a team high 21.5 PPG thus far in the playoffs. F Tyler Hansbrough is making a name for himself in the playoffs against Chicago, as he's averaging 14 PPG and 5 RPG against a very accomplished frontcourt. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. Indiana is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record. The Pacers are 9-4-2 ATS in their last 15 Thursday games. Indiana is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 Conference Quarterfinals games. Indiana is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 2 days rest.
Projected Score: 90
Pacers are 4-1 ATS last 5 games following a SU loss.
Over is 6-0 last 6 games as a home underdog.
HEAT: (-4.5, O/U 187) Miami played like the best team in the NBA in Game 2, simply crushing Philadelphia 94-73. The Heat are now up 2-0, and would like nothing more than to work their way to a sweep so they can get some rest for their stars, notably G Dwyane Wade. Wade has been dealing with migraines the past few days, which has hampered him on the court. F Chris Bosh and F LeBron James have more than picked up the slack for Miami. James is averaging playoff team highs of 25 PPG and 5.5 APG, as well as 10.5 RPG for the heat. Bosh is averaging a double double in his own right, 23 PPG and a team high 11.5 RPG in the playoffs. Miami is 28-13 SU and 24-16 ATS in road games played this season. Despite their talent, tonight will be their first road playoff game as a team. The Heat are 9-1 ATS as a road favorite between 3.5 and 6 points this season. Miami is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 75 points in their previous game. Miami is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Atlantic Division. The Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win. Miami is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Heat are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games. Miami is 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 2 days rest.
Projected Score: 98 (OVER-Total of the Day)
Heat are 4-0 ATS last 4 games as a road favorite.
Over is 12-3 last 15 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%.
76ERS: Philadelphia is coming off a blowout loss to the Heat, a game in which the Sixers weren't even competitive. The Sixers are likely to bounce back tonight though, as they have Coach Collins and their home crowd. Coach Collins is a veteran group who will have his guys ready to play. Philadelphia has been far stronger at home anyway, and they are going to do everything they can to stave off a series sweep. Philadelphia has been strong at home, as they are 26-15 SU and 23-18 ATS this season. The Sixers are 3-1 ATS as a home underdog between 3.5 and 6 points this year. F Thaddeus Young has been the Sixers breakout performer in the playoffs, as he's averaging team highs of 19 PPG and 8.5 RPG against the Heat. PG Jrue Holiday is the only other Philadelphia player averaging more than 10 PPG in the playoffs, as he's averaging 15.5 PPG and a team high 3.5 APG. The Sixers are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games after scoring less than 75 points in their previous game. Philadelphia is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a road winning percentage greater than .600%. The Sixers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest. Philadelphia is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU loss. The Sixers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. Philadelphia is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Projected Score: 95
76ers are 9-3 ATS last 12 games as a home underdog.
Under is 10-1 last 11 games overall.