An April 21, 2014, NBA report states that Game 2 of the NBA playoffs between the Wizards and the Bulls will be streaming live and free on TNT Overtime following the conclusion of the Hawks-Pacers showdown. However, that’s not where the similarities end, as the Washington-Chicago matchup also has many other things in common with the first-game of tonight’s NBA double-header on TNT (national TV broadcast).
For starters, the Chicago Bulls will have to find a way to win on the road in order to regain home-court advantage now that they’re trailing 0-1 in their best-of-seven series. Second, the Washington Wizards will have a golden opportunity for a 2-0 lead before the series shifts to the nation’s capital for Games 3 and 4.
In the case of the visitors, a CBS-Sports’ April 22, report by Matt Moore doubts Washington’s ability to pull off consecutive upsets in this series. In his argument, Moore compares this game to last night’s Warrior vs. Clippers clash, in which the home team made it a point to send a message by blowing out the opposition.
For the home team, an NBA report written this morning (April 22, 2014) highlights the moment Joakim Noah was awarded the 2014 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year trophy. While he smiled for the cameras and said all the right things, dropping the series opener and being down 0-1 was something on everyone’s mind during the ceremony.
Who will answer the bell in what is sure to be a very physical Game 2 between the Washington Wizards and the Chicago Bulls? How much harder will Nah play tonight after being named the best defender in the Association?
According to NBA oddsmakers, Chicago [-5] comes into this game as an ATS favorite to defeat Washington [+5] and the OVER/UNDER equals 181 points. Finally, straight-up betting lines for this game go as follows: Wizards [+200] vs. Bulls [-240].
Betting Action Prior to Free Live Stream
Washington Wizards spread: 47 percent.
Chicago Bulls spread: 53 percent.
OVER wagers: 997 units.
UNDER wagers: 742 units.
ATS Trends Prior to TNT Overtime’s Online Feed
Wizards are 4-0 in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
Wizards are 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
Wizards are 5-0 in their last 5 against intraconference opponents.
Bulls are 12-1 in their last 13 after allowing 100 points or more.
Bulls are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games.
Bulls are 8-3 in their last 11 versus the NBA’s Southeast Division.
NBA Playoffs 2014: Wizards vs. Bulls Buzzer-Beating Stats of the Night
OVER is 5-1 in Washington’s last 6 road-games against teams with home-winning percentages above .600.
UNDER is 5-1 in Washington’s last 6 games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
OVER is 4-1 in Washington’s last 5 ballgames against a team with a winning straight-up record.
OVER is 4-0 in Chicago’s last 4 home games.
OVER is 4-0 in Chicago’s last 4 games following an ATS loss.
OVER is 5-1 in Chicago’s last 6 games following a straight-up loss.