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ESPN's BPI gives the eighth-seeded Bulls a 56 percent chance to avenge their Game 3 loss and defeat the Celtics at the United Center on Sunday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo hit his third home run in as many days, one shy of his career high for consecutive games with a long ball. The hit also extends his hitting streak to 12 games, tied for a career high. He has 4 HR and 4 doubles during the streak.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey just gave up his 5th HR of the season, to Scott Schebler of the Reds, tying him for 3rd most given up in the NL behind 4 other pitchers. Lackey has also given up at least one first inning run in all 4 of his starts this season.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of today's Game 4s: Cavaliers -4 vs. Pacers, O/U 214: Thunder -1 vs. Rockets, O/U 224; Celtics -2 at Chicago, O/U 204; Jazz -3 vs. Clippers, O/U 198 (Rudy Gobert still doubtful for Utah, but Blake Griffin out for L.A.).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon is as convinced as ever he's making the right decision having Kyle Schwarber lead off. And it's for the most obvious of reasons: "The more I see it the more I like it. The extra number of at-bats throughout the season. It's becoming more obvious."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA fined Rajon Rondo $25,000 for his attempted trip of Jae Crowder in Friday's Game 3. Rondo had suggested he was simply trying to stretch his leg.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Jason Heyward's progress at the plate even just since spring training.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist returns to the lineup after missing a few days with back tightness as the Cubs go for the sweep in Cincinnati on Sunday. Miguel Montero catches John Lackey with Jon Jay in CF.

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Improved shooting gives Celtics best chance (1:44)

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The Blackhawks and Wild had the two most points in the regular season in the Western Conference, and both lost in the 1st round. According to Elias, this is the first time that the two teams with the best record in a particular conference were both eliminated in the 1st round since 2009-10 when the top-2 teams in the East were eliminated (Capitals and Devils).

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Encarnacion mashes 2-run homer (0:16)

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Blue Jackets, Blackhawks and Wild combined to average 49.7 wins & 107.7 points in the regular season. They won 2 playoff games combined.

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Reds poke fun at Cubs fans (1:04)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss the Cubs 12-8 win over the Reds on Saturday. He got hit early but then settled down to throw six innings.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Willson Contreras discuss his first career grand slam in the Cubs 12-8 win over the Reds on Saturday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jason Heyward explain why it's not necessarily just the home runs that tell him his swing is doling well. He hit a 3 run shot on Saturday after hitting a home run on Friday, the first time he's gone deep in back to back games since June, 2015.

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The Cubs' offense has feasted at Great American Ballpark since the beginning of last season. Saturday was more of the same for Chicago, which connected for three home runs in a 12-8 victory over the Reds.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs won their 4th game in a row, 12-8, over the Cincinnati Reds behind 3 run home runs from Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward to go along with a grand slam from Willson Contreras. That's 32 home runs and 101 runs scored in their last 12 games in Cincinnati. The one down note is they failed to get a quality start for the fifth consecutive game as Jake Arrieta got the win after giving up some early runs.