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BULLS: (-2.5, O/U 178) Chicago played their customary lockdown defense in Game 2, and it earned them a double digit win over Atlanta. That SU win was vital, as it evened up their playoff series at 1-1 as the venue changes to Atlanta. Chicago has held Atlanta to 83 points or fewer in 4 of their 5 meetings overall this season. The Bulls are 27-16 SU and 26-17 ATS in road games this year. Chicago is 4-3 ATS as a road favorite of 3 points or fewer this season. PG Derrick Rose is averaging team highs of 26.7 PPG and 7.3 APG in the playoffs. C Joakim Noah is averaging 12.9 PPG and a team high 10.9 RPG in the postseason. F Luol Deng is also playing well in the playoffs, as he's averaging 18.3 PPG. The Bulls are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games against the Southeast Division. Chicago is 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%. The Bulls are 30-13 ATS in their last 43 games playing on 1 days rest. Chicago is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU win. The Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. Chicago is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
Projected Score: 86
Bulls are 10-4 ATS last 14 road games.
Under is 9-4 last 13 games overall.
HAWKS: Atlanta will be playing their most important home game of the season tonight. With a SU win tonight, the Hawks will take a 2-1 lead over Chicago in their Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff series. The Hawks have yet to lose at home in the playoffs, as they are a perfect 3-0 SU and ATS. In each home contest, Atlanta has been the listed underdog. Atlanta is 27-17 SU and 19-25 ATS in home games this season. The Hawks are a perfect 6-0 ATS this season as a home underdog of 3 points or fewer. G Joe Johnson is averaging team highs of 19.8 PPG and 3.1 APG during the playoffs. G Jamal Crawford is averaging 19.5 PPG during the postseason, including 2.5 made three pointers per game. F Al Horford is averaging 10.9 PPG and a team high 11 RPG in the playoffs. The Hawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games. Atlanta is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. The Hawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. Atlanta is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. Atlanta is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Friday games. The Hawks are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 Conference Semifinals games.
Projected Score: 89 (SIDE of the Day)
Hawks are 5-2 ATS last 7 games as a home underdog.
Under is 7-0 last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
LAKERS: Every basketball fan in the world is wondering whether the dynasty is over. The Lakers 0-2 deficit is certainly shocking, but is it really the end for Los Angeles? Tonight's Game 3 will all but tell the tale for the Lakers, as they simply can't afford to go down 0-3 to Dallas. The Lakers are struggling to score against this Mavericks defense, as they've scored just 81 and 94 points at home. The Lakers have taken great pride in their ability to win on the road, and that will be put to the ultimate test tonight. Los Angeles is 29-15 SU and 25-19 ATS in road games this season. The Lakers are 2-2 ATS as a road underdog of 3 points or fewer this year. Los Angeles is just 3-5 ATS in the playoffs this year. G Kobe Bryant is averaging a team high 24.3 PPG during the playoffs, and he needs to play his finest game of the season for the Lakers to win tonight. C Andrew Bynum is averaging 14.6 PPG and a team high 10 RPG this postseason. Los Angeles could use some help from their bench, as they've been all but nonexistent against Dallas. The Lakers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%. Los Angeles is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss. The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU loss.
Projected Score: 96
Lakers are 10-4 ATS last 14 road games.
Under is 4-0 last 4 playoff games as an underdog.
MAVERICKS: (-2.5, O/U 186) Dallas has been the most impressive team in the playoffs, as they have yet to lose a game ATS. The Mavericks are 7-0-1 ATS in the postseason so far this year. Dallas has a commanding 2-0 series lead over Los Angeles, with both wins coming on the road. Tonight's Game 3 is likely to be the Lakers last stand, so the Mavericks will have to play their best home game of the season tonight to win. Dallas is 32-12 SU and 22-20 ATS in home games this year. The Mavericks are 2-1 ATS as a home favorite of 3 points or fewer this season. F Dirk Nowitzki continues to show he's one of the 5 most dominant players in the NBA. Nowitzki is averaging a team high 27 PPG during the playoffs as the Mavericks go to player. PG Jason Kidd is averaging 10.9 PPG and a team high 7 APG during the postseason. Dallas is playing outstanding defense in the playoffs, as they are allowing just 88 PPG. The Mavericks are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games as the listed favorite. Dallas is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Mavericks are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. Dallas is 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning SU record. The Mavericks are 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. Dallas is 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Mavericks are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games against the Western Conference. Dallas is 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 games following an ATS win. The Mavericks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games.
Projected Score: 97 (OVER-Total of the Day)
Mavericks are 6-0 ATS last 6 games as a home favorite.
Under is 8-2 last 10 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.