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Bulls vs. Nets, Game 7: What bettors need to know

Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets (-6.5, 181.5)

Series tied at 3-3.

The Brooklyn Nets attempt to become the ninth team in NBA history to recover from a 3-1 deficit and win a postseason series when they host the Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference first-round series. Chicago looked to be in good shape after its epic triple-overtime victory in Game 4 but the Nets bounced back with two solid efforts, including a 95-92 win on Thursday in Game 6 in Chicago.

The big mystery is who will be healthy enough to play for the Bulls in the series finale. Forward Luol Deng, who missed Game 6 with an illness, has not traveled with the team and will not suit up Saturday. Point guard Kirk Hinrich (calf) missed the last two games and is a game-time decision. Guard Nate Robinson and forward Taj Gibson are battling illnesses and forward Joakim Noah has been plagued for weeks with a foot injury. Meanwhile, former MVP Derrick Rose continues to sit out due to his personal concerns about his knee despite being medically cleared by the club. Brooklyn center Brook Lopez has experienced a superb series and his 17 points in Game 6 represented the first time he didn’t score at least 20. He is averaging 22.5 points.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, YES (Brooklyn)  

ABOUT THE BULLS:
Game 4 star Nate Robinson was so ill during Game 6 that he vomited on the bench during timeouts on multiple occasions. Robinson persevered to play nearly 42 minutes and had 18 points, second-most on the squad behind Marco Belinelli’s 22. Robinson has averaged 24 points over the past three games and has stepped up with Hinrich ailing. Forward Carlos Boozer is averaging 17.5 points and 11.2 rebounds and has four double-doubles in the series. Noah has three double-doubles while being physically hampered. “This has been a hard year, a really hard year,” Noah said after Game 6. “But I’m really proud of this team. We’re a team of fighters.”

ABOUT THE NETS:
Brooklyn viewed itself as the more-talented squad when the series began and that remains the prevailing belief entering Game 7. “We feel like we’re the better team,” forward Gerald Wallace said. “We feel like we shouldn’t have gotten down 3-1. We feel like just as they won three games in a row, we can win three games in a row.” Point guard Deron Williams has put together three consecutive double-doubles after struggling in Games 2 and 3. Williams is averaging 20 points and 8.7 assists in the series. Shooting guard Joe Johnson is averaging 16.3 points despite playing with a painful foot injury.

TRENDS:

* Bulls are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games.
* The over is 6-1 in Bulls last seven on one days rest.
* Over is 4-1 in Nets' last five home games.
* Over is 19-7 in Nets' last 26 overall.

BUZZER BEATERS:

 
1. The Bulls are 0-6 when playing a Game 7 on the road while Brooklyn has never overcome a 3-1 playoff series deficit.

2. Nets F Reggie Evans had 15 rebounds in Game 6 and is averaging 12.2 boards in the series.

3. Chicago F Jimmy Butler played all 48 minutes in Game 6 and is averaging 17 points over the last three games.

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