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NBA on ESPN: Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks, LA Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks

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NBA on ESPN: Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks, LA Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks
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ESPN will host two NBA betting playoff games during Friday night.

Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks (Series tied 1-1)

After stealing one game in Chicago, the Atlanta Hawks will go back to the Phillips arena and look to grab two more wins. 

Jamal Crawford has been stellar for the Hawks throughout the entire postseason thus far, averaging just under 20 PPG on 42.4 percent shooting from the field, and a ridiculous 43.5 percent shooting from three-point territory. 

The Hawks have looked very strong and should be able to win one game, at the very least, in Atlanta.

The Bulls will look for Rose to get back into his regular-season shooting form when he shot 44.5 percent from the field.

Spread: Atlanta is +2.5

Prediction: Chicago is bound to shut out the Hawks, especially after capturing a win by a 13-point deficit. Expect the Bulls to run away with this online betting game early on.

 

Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks (Series DAL 2-0)

Surprise, surprise? The Lakers head to Dallas down two games to nothing for the first time since who knows when.

The Mavericks clearly look better than ever and will look to continue their hot streak going back home.

Kobe Bryant will have plenty of weight on his shoulders and should rise up to the challenge and excel greatly. But will that be enough for the Lakers?

Spread: Lakers are +2

Sportsbook Prediction: Can the Mavericks really go up 3-0 against Los Angeles? Expect Bryant to go off for 30-plus points and grab his first win of the second round. 

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