The 2011 Kentucky Derby betting event signals that the second round of the NBA playoffs is finally upon us. With only eight teams remaining in the playoffs, betting online enthusiasts should have a better idea as to which teams will win and which will look at what went wrong when the round comes to an end. Here are our picks for round two.
The 2010 – 11 Eastern Conference semi-finals between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, as well as the Miami Heat taking on the Boston Celtics, features four of the best teams in the entire league. Just from looking at the matchups, the logical choice is to take the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics. However, after one game each for these two series, making a decision on who to pick is way harder than we imagined.
On the one hand, the Chicago Bulls looked like a team that was expecting to have an easier time with the Atlanta Hawks after the Hawks disappointed their fans in last season’s first round. This Hawks team is playing with a chip on their shoulder, as they attempt to show their fans that last year was a fluke, and the Hawks have come to play this year. In last night’s victory over the Bulls, the Hawks caught several breaks including Bulls star Derrick Rose reinjuring his sprained ankle in the final moments of the game. If the Bulls lose Rose, we think it’s safe to say good night Bulls, as they don’t look like a team that can win without a superstar.
Conversely, the Celtics and Heat series opened up with some controversy, as it appeared that the officials wanted the game and perhaps the series to be about them and not the two teams playing. Each side received some brutal calls against them by the officials. With that said, Miami has three of the youngest stars in the NBA joining forces, and anything less than a series win will be considered a disappointment.