2011 NBA Playoffs | Picks for May 18th

Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals kicks off tonight between the Miami Heat and the top-seeded Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose and co. used a third quarter run to take a lead, and ran away with the game late in the fourth. Now the Heat’s “Big Three” are looking for anwers.

Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls 8:30 pm ET (Chicago leads series, 1-0)

The scenery is the same. Its back in Chicago, where the Bulls rarely lose. The question here is, can the Bulls slam the foot on the pedal and take a 2-0 lead and put the Heat in panic mode? Or will they continue their inconsistent ways?

From top to bottom, I don’t like Miami in this series as a whole because Chicago’s defense is better, and so are their role players and bench. Chicago owns the size and skill inside the paint, with Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah having little trouble against Chris Bosh and Miami’s other bigs. With that being the case, Miami is basically trying to win this series by shooting jumpers and getting to the foul line. And considering Chicago’s strict, tight defense, trips to the foul line may be hard to come by.

Translation: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade better connect on their shots if they want a chance in this series.

On the flip-side, they can’t shoot as poorly as they did in Game One every game, so its likely that they’ll have their games here in Game Two. However, the lack of great role players and inferior strength and impact inside will be too great to overcome, while fighting off Chicago’s home crowd.

And, I didn’t really think I had to say it, but I don’t think anyone can stop Derrick Rose.

Bulls 97, Heat 92


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Kevin Roberts heads the fantasy basketball section of NBASoup. Roberts also leads the yearly scouting and mock draft analysis for the NBA Draft.

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