The Nets locked up the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but their tough matchup with Chicago has Brooklyn as only a slight favorite to advance.
Bovada lists the Nets as a -150 favorite while Sportsbook lists Brooklyn at -140. Factoring in an edge for home-court advantage, the series would be close to even odds if played on a neutral court. According to both sites, the Nets have the lowest odds of any team favored in the first round. Chicago won three of the four regular season meetings, including one at Brooklyn. If the Bulls are able to win a game on the road in this series, the odds will likely shift significantly in their favor.
If the Nets are going to remain the favorites beyond the opening game of the series, they will have to start with a win. Brooklyn will host the first two games of the series and is currently listed as a 5-point favorite in Game 1, according to Odds Shark.
Regardless of who's favored to open the series, oddsmakers are predicting the series to go five games or longer. Bovada set the over/under at 5-1/2 games with the over favored at -200. Based on the exact series result odds, Bovada has the two most likely outcomes being the Nets winning in seven games (11/4) or the Bulls winning in six games (7/2). A sweep by either team isn't expected as a four-game series is +550, according to Bovada, while a seven-game series is +165.
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