(The Spread) - The Chicago Bulls took Game 1 from the Miami Heat rather convincingly on Sunday, thanks in large part to star Derrick Rose and a well-rounded showing from the rest of the squad. Now they’ll try to do it again.
Three Bulls players reached double-digits including Rose who led the team with 28 points. Joakim Noah had a game-high 14 rebounds and Luol Deng had four of his team’s 11 steals and added 21 points of his own.
The teams were tied at 48 into the half, but the Bulls ran away with a 31-point fourth quarter. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade played second-fiddles to Chris Bosh, who led all scorers with 30 points.
This, naturally, was a problem.
Rose is averaging 28 points per game in the playoffs. He, Noah and Carlos Boozer have combined to make a formidable “Big Three” of their own, ready to match Miami’s crew in the series.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog.com, the Chicago Bulls are 10/3 to win this year’s NBA Finals championship, while the Heat are currently listed at 5/4 to take home this year’s title.
Can the merged talents of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh continue their run of excellence or will Rose and the Bulls continue to edge them out like they’ve done all season?