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05/03/2011 8:27 PM
HAWKS: Atlanta shocked everyone but themselves in Game 1, as they defeated the Bulls in Chicago 103-95 SU as a 9.5 road underdog. The Hawks will look to continue their strong play as they play in Chicago for Game 2. Atlanta is 2-2 SU against the Bulls this year, with each contest coming as the listed underdog. Atlanta just might be getting more familiar with Chicago, considering all 4 meetings against them have come since March 2nd. The Hawks are 22-23 SU and 24-21 ATS in road games this season. Atlanta is 7-6 ATS as a road underdog between 6.5 and 9 points this year. The Hawks have been quite impressive in the playoffs, going 6-1 ATS. G Jamal Crawford leads the Hawks in scoring during the postseason, averaging 20.7 PPG. F Joe Johnson is also averaging more than 20 PPG during the playoffs for Atlanta, as he's averaging 20.3 PPG. The Hawks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU win. The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. Atlanta is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hawks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win. Atlanta is 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 Conference Semifinals games.
Projected Score: 82
Hawks are 6-1 ATS last 7 games as the listed underdog.
Under is 6-0 last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
BULLS: (-8.5, O/U 179.5) Chicago might have finished with the best record in the NBA this season, but they are finding the playoffs to be a different animal. The Bulls have already lost home court advantage against the Hawks in their 2nd Round series, thanks to their Game 1 loss. Making matters worse was the injury in the closing minutes to PG Derrick Rose. Rose says the injury isn't a big concern, but several within the organization worry about him potentially being hindered moving forward. Chicago is 39-6 SU and 25-19 ATS in home games this season. The Bulls are 8-5 ATS as a home favorite between 6.5 and 9 points this year. Rose is averaging team highs of 27 PPG and 6.8 APG during the playoffs for Chicago. C Joakim Noah is averaging a double double during the playoffs, 11.8 PPG and a team high 10.3 RPG. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Chicago is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games against the Southeast Division. The Bulls are 27-10 ATS in their last 37 games following an ATS loss. Chicago is 29-13 ATS in their last 42 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bulls are 35-17-2 ATS in their last 54 games following a SU loss. Chicago is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Projected Score: 91 (UNDER-Total of the Day)
Bulls are 2-8 ATS last 10 games as a home favorite.
Over is 8-3 last 11 games against a team with a winning SU record.
MAVERICKS: Dallas has really hit their stride, and it all culminated in Game 1 in Los Angeles. The Mavericks played one of their grittiest games in some time, coming back from a double digit deficit to win on the road SU. Winning Game 1 was vital for the Mavericks mentally, as it shows them they can beat the Lakers in the playoffs. Dallas has yet to lose ATS in the postseason this year, as they are 7-0 ATS. The Mavericks are 30-15 SU and 29-16 ATS in road games this season. Dallas is 2-1 ATS as a road underdog between 6.5 and 9 points this season. F Dirk Nowitzki is averaging a team high 27.4 PPG during the playoffs, including 8.7 RPG. Nowitzki has been ultra efficient at the free throw line, making nearly 9 free throws per game while shooting 89%. PG Jason Kidd is doing a masterful job managing his team, as he's averaging a team high 7.1 APG while proving unparalleled leadership. The Mavericks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%. Dallas is 10-0-1 ATS in their last 11 games against the Western Conference. The Mavericks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog. Dallas is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Mavericks are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games following an ATS win. Dallas is 16-6 ATS in their last 22 Wednesday games. The Mavericks are 35-17-1 ATS in their last 53 games following a SU win.
Projected Score: 86
Mavericks are 10-0-1 ATS last 11 games overall.
Over is 8-1 last 9 games as a road underdog.
LAKERS: (-7, O/U 186.5) Los Angeles is in a familiar situation, as they have lost homecourt advantage in the very first game of a series yet again. The Lakers blew a 16 point lead, ultimately losing to Dallas 94-96 SU in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Los Angeles now faces a near must win scenario, as they simply can't afford to go down 0-2 heading back to Dallas. The Lakers only scored 94 points in Game 1, the fewest they've scored against the Mavericks in their 4 meetings this season. Despite the Game 1 loss, the Lakers are a larger favorite tonight than during Game 1, and also the largest favorite they've been in any of the meetings this season. Los Angeles is 32-13 SU and 16-29 ATS in home games overall this season. The Lakers are 7-9 ATS as a home favorite between 6.5 and 9 points this year. Los Angeles is just 1-3 ATS at home during the playoffs thus far. G Kobe Bryant is averaging a team high 24.4 PPG during the playoffs. C Andrew Bynum is averaging 14.1 PPG and a team high 9.6 RPG during the playoffs for Los Angeles. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. Los Angeles is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games against the Southwest Division. The Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss. Los Angeles is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games.
Projected Score: 99 (SIDE of the Day)
Lakers are 2-6 ATS last 8 games as a home favorite.
Over is 4-0 last 4 home games against a team with a winning road record.
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