Bulls (18-9 SU, 14-12-1 ATS w/out Rose) open up -5.5 favorites for Game 2

Posted: April 29, 2012 in General, NBA
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One sports book wasn’t afraid to come out with a number on Game 2 of the Chicago Bulls-Philadelphia 76ers series, despite Derrick Rose being ruled out for the rest of the postseason due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Chicago, which laid anywhere from 8.5 to 9 points to the Sixers in Game 1, were installed as 5.5 favorites at Bookmaker.eu, which was the only book offshore or in Las Vegas with a line on the game at roughly 3:45 p.m. pacific.

Bulls fans – not to mention Bulls futures bettors – cringed when Rose melted to the court and clutched his left knee, and was then helped to the locker room by both trainers. Rose tore his ACL as he came to a jump stop with just over a minute remaining in the game, leaving many to wonder why coach Tom Thibodeau had his All-Star still in the game.

Rose left the United Center for Rush University Medical Center, where he had an MRI, and roughly two hours later the team announced the severity of the injury and that its star would be out for the remainder of the season.

The Bulls, who cruised to a 103-91 win over the 76ers with five players in double figures on Saturday, are 18-9 without Derrick Rose this season. He missed 27 games with five separate injuries during the regular season. The Bulls were 14-12-1 against the point spread in those games.

Breaking it down even further, the Bulls were 11-5 SU and 7-8-1 ATS at home without Rose, and 7-4 SU and ATS.

The Bulls, whose defense ranked No. 1 in points allowed (88.2) this season, must now turn to the role players who stepped up in those 27 games.

Seven different Bulls have led the scoring attack in those 27 games: Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng (8 times each), John Lucas III (5), Richard Hamilton (3) and Kyle Korver, Joakim Noah and C.J. Watson (1 apiece).

The following are the games the Bulls played without Derrick Rose:

DATE, OPPONENT, RESULTS, ATS, BULLS LEADING SCORER

Jan. 11 vs. Washington, W – 78-64 (W -11.5), John Lucas III 25

Jan. 16 at Memphis, L – 86-102 (L -2), Luol Deng 20

Jan. 17 vs. Phoenix, W – 118-97 (W -9.5), Carlos Boozer 31

Jan. 20 at Cleveland, W – 114-75 (W -5.5), Luol Deng 21

Jan. 21 vs. Charlotte, W – 95-89 (L -12.5), Carlos Boozer 23

Feb. 10 at Charlotte, W – 95-64 (W -13.5), Joakim Noah 17

Feb. 12 at Boston, L – 91-95 (L -1), Carlos Boozer 23

Feb. 14 vs. Sacramento, W – 121-115 (L -11), Luol Deng 23

Feb. 16 vs. Boston, W – 89-80, (W -8) Carlos Boozer 23

Feb. 18 vs. New Jersey, L – 85-97 (L -11.5), Carlos Boozer 16

Mar. 14  vs. Miami, W – 106-102 (W +3), John Lucas III 24 (six in double figs)

Mar. 16 vs. Portland, L – 89-100 (L -8.5), Carlos Boozer 22

Mar. 17 vs. Philadelphia, W- 89-80 (W -4), C.J. Watson

Mar. 19 at Orlando, W – 85-59 (W +2), Carlos Boozer 24

Mar. 21 at Toronto, W – 94-82 (W -7), Luol Deng 17

Mar. 24 vs. Toronto, W – 102-101 OT (L -12.5), Carlos Boozer 24

Mar. 26 vs. Denver, L – 91-108 (L -7.5), Boozer, Lucas III, Kyle Korver 14

Mar. 28 at Atlanta, W – 98-77 (W -4), Luol Deng 22

Mar. 30 vs. Detroit, W – 83-71 (W -11), Luol Deng 20

Apr. 1 at Oklahoma City, L – 78-92 (L +6), John Lucas III 19

Apr. 2 vs. Houston, L – 93-99 (L -7.5), Luol Deng 24

Apr. 5 vs. Boston, W – 93-86 (P -7), Luol Deng 26

Apr 10 vs. NY Knicks, W – 98-86 (W -7), Richard Hamilton 20

Apr. 16 vs. Washington, L – 84-87 (L -13), Richard Hamilton 22

Apr. 18 at Charlotte, W – 100-68 (W -13), Richard Hamilton 22

Apr. 19 at Miami, L – 72-83 (L +6.5), John Lucas III 16

Apr. 26 at Cleveland, W – 107-75 (W -14.5), John Lucas III 25

(ATS source: Covers.com)

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