Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Playoffs Predictions

Last Updated: May 2nd, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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Nets vs. BullsThe Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls will be playing in what should be a tight series in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Join us here at Bankroll Sports, as we look at the Bulls vs. Nets series schedule, as well as many our series predictions for what should be one of the top series to pay attention to in the opening round of the playoffs. Don’t miss out on any of the NBA betting action that you’ll find right here at Bankroll Sports!

Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Playoff Schedule

Bulls Win Series 4-3

Game 1: Chicago Bulls 89 – Brooklyn Nets 106
Game 2: Chicago Bulls 90 – Brooklyn Nets 82
Game 3: Brooklyn Nets 76 – Chicago Bulls 79
Game 4: Brooklyn Nets 134 – Chicago Bulls 142 (3 OTs)
Game 5: Chicago Bulls 91 – Brooklyn Nets 91
Game 6: Brooklyn Nets 95 – Chicago Bulls 92
Game 7: Chicago Bulls 99 – Brooklyn Nets 93

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Bulls vs. Nets Series Updates
Game 1: Amazingly, the Bulls were nowhere to be found defensively in Game 1 in Brooklyn. The Nets had 89 points on the board through the first three quarters, and they cruised to victory after that. C Joakim Noah came back into the lineup, only to play 14 minutes, while on the other side of the court, the four stars that were brought together this year, G Deron Williams, G Joe Johnson, F Gerald Wallace, and C Brook Lopez combined to score 73 points between them. Nets 106 – Bulls 89 (Nets Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2: The Nets have lost home court advantage, and they have lost it over the fact that they just couldn’t shoot the basketball in the first or the third quarter on Monday. Chicago held down Brooklyn to a total of just 28 points in those two quarters combined. No one in the game scored more than 15 for the Bulls, but all three of C Joakim Noah, F Luol Deng, and F Carlos Boozer had double-doubles. G Deron Williams shot just 1-of-9 from the field, and that isn’t going to cut it. Bulls 90 – Nets 82 (Series Tied 1-1)

Game 3: In spite of the fact that the Nets rallied to a 24-14 edge in the fourth quarter, they were never able to get in front of the Bulls when they really needed to. Brooklyn scored just 52 points in the first three quarters of basketball, and that truly was its demise. Both teams had a tough time shooting the basketball, as the Nets shot just 34.6%, while the Bulls shot 39.7%. It was the second straight game where F Carlos Boozer, F Luol Deng, and C Joakim Noah all dominated in the paint, as they combined for 34 rebounds in this game to lead the way for Chicago. Bulls 79 – Nets 76 (Bulls Lead Series 2-1)

Game 4: What a game! There is certainly no doubt whatsoever that this is the game of the season this year. The Bulls and Nets needed three overtimes to settle their differences in Game 4, and the end result was that the Bulls took a 3-1 series lead. The stats in this game were remarkable to review. G Deron Williams scored 32 points, and he was one of the seven players that scored at least nine points in the game for Brooklyn. Chicago had eight players score at least eight points and were led by G Nate Robinson, who scored 29 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter or in the overtime periods. Five players fouled out. Three players played at least 57 minutes. Six others played at least 49 minutes. Five players logged double-doubles. It was simply remarkable. In the end though, Robinson was able to get the job done for Chicago, which now has a chokehold on this series. Bulls 142 – Nets 134 (3 OTs) (Bulls Lead Series 3-1)

Game 5: The truth of the matter is that Game 5 really didn’t look all that much different than Game 4 for the Bulls and the Nets. Brooklyn led by 14 points with just over three minutes left in Game 4, and it really found itself in the same sort of position on Monday night as well. The difference is that the Nets took this one by the throat and never let it go. G Nate Robinson was the hero of Game 4, but he just wasn’t able to deliver in Game 5 the same sort of way. He did score 20 points and dish out eight assists, but he was the only point guard that the team brought to the table in this game with G Kirk Hinrich out of the lineup. Brooklyn put six players in double figures, and both G Deron Williams and C Brook Lopez finished the night with double-doubles. Most impressive was the fact that the Nets shot 50.0 percent from the field against one of the best defenses in the league. We have ourselves a heck of a series going back to the Windy City on Thursday. Nets 110 – Bulls 91 (Bulls Lead Series 3-2)

Game 6: F Luol Deng went to the hospital with an illness prior to the start of Game 6, and as a result, Head Coach Tom Thibodeau only used essentially six players for the whole game against Brooklyn. The Bulls put forth a good effort, but 17 points from G Deron Williams, G Joe Johnson, and C Brook Lopez got the job done for the Nets. All five starters scored at least 14 points for the Bulls, but they were overmatched in this game. Nets 95 – Bulls 92 (Series Tied 3-3)

Game 7: The first ever Game 7 at the Barclays Center turned out to be one to forget from the get go for the Nets. Chicago, in spite of the fact that F Luol Deng and G Kirk Hinrich were both sidelined once again, put up 61 points in the first half and ultimately never looked back. The Nets went on their runs, but they were never able to take the lead in the game in the second half. Brooklyn never got closer than four. Both G Marco Belinelli and C Joakim Noah scored 24 points for the Bulls. The Nets’ season came to a close thanks to the fact that G Joe Johnson only shot 2-of-14 from the floor and 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. Head Coach PJ Carlesimo was fired after the game was said and done with, and Chicago moved onto a date with the Miami Heat. It was the first time that Chicago ever won a Game 7 on the road in franchise history. Bulls 99 – Nets 93 (Bulls Win Series 4-3)

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2013 Bulls vs. Nets Series Preview

Anyone who thinks that they can call the series between the Nets and the Bulls must have a crystal ball. These two teams are very evenly matched, and if we had to guess, Chicago has the slightly better team, yet Brooklyn has the home court advantage for the series.

The Bulls are playing the underdog role this season after getting bounced out of the playoffs last year as the No. 1 seed in the East. They are clearly not the same team that they were when they had G Derrick Rose in the lineup, and they are most certainly going to be in some trouble without him in these playoffs as well. Chicago doesn’t necessarily have a lot of talent in the backcourt, but its frontcourt is amongst the best in the NBA. F Luol Deng, F Taj Gibson, F Carlos Boozer, and C Joakim Noah are outstanding, though at times this year, each has been through his share of injuries. Because this isn’t a particularly great three-point shooting team, scores are generally lower, but don’t let the fact that the Bulls ranked second to last in the league in scoring this season fool you. This is a club that really plays tremendous half court defense, and when that ‘D’ locks into place, it’s tough for any team to score even in the 90s against it.

The move to Brooklyn has been a successful one for the Nets. Gone are the images of this being one of the worst teams in the league, and in its place is a team that has a new stadium, a new head coach, and a new, winning attitude. Though most don’t believe that the Nets can compete with the best teams in the Eastern Conference, we do think that they have a special team that might be able to challenge the Miami Heat if they get that far in the next round. G Deron Williams and G Joe Johnson make for a great 1-2 punch in the backcourt, while in the frontcourt, C Brook Lopez is one of the best big men in the conference. The rest of the pieces around these three are suspect, but there aren’t many teams in the East that can boast that they have a Top 10 point guard, a Top 10 big man, and a Top 10 sharpshooter all on their team at the same time.

The truth of the matter is that the Bulls are in some trouble in this series. We know that they slacked through the regular season, and we know that they were devastated by injuries all season long, but we also know that those injury problems aren’t solved. A significantly worse Philadelphia 76ers team disposed of Chicago last year after it lost Rose for the season. We think that this is going to be a back and forth series the whole way, but in the end, the home court advantage is going to be the difference for the Nets to claim victory in this one.

Bulls vs. Nets Series Prediction: Brooklyn Nets in 7

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