Check out our free Bulls vs Pistons pick and preview for this NBA game in Paris. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Bulls vs Pistons NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons
- Where: Paris at Accor Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds DET +7, CHI -275 | DET +221 O/U 237.5
The Bulls come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-24. So far, the team has gone 23-21-0 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
Chicago is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Warriors. With the 132-118 victory, they also covered the spread as 6 point underdogs. Although Chicago trailed the Warriors going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. In the win, Nikola Vucevic led the team in scoring with 43 points on a field goal percentage of 58.1%.
The Pistons come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 12-35. So far, the team has gone 21-25-1 against the spread. Today, the Pistons will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -9.5 points per contest.
Detroit is trying to bounce back from a 117-104 loss to the Knicks. Going into this game, the team was 8 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Detroit was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 7. Leading the team in scoring was Saddiq Bey, as he contributed 21 points while hitting 42.9% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Bulls averaged 109.5 points per game vs the Pistons. While the Bulls were able to maintain their usual level of production against Detroit, the Pistons averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 91.25. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Bulls have an average scoring margin of +18 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 4-1. Over the course of these games, they averaged 210 points per game, leading a 1-4 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Bulls come into today’s game as the 13th ranked scoring offense at 114.5 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Bulls will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.9 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Chicago offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 18th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Currently, the Bulls defense is ranked 17th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.0 points per game vs the unit.
Small-Forward DeMar DeRozan currently leads the Bulls at 26.1 points per game. For the season, he is 25th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 21.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, DeRozan is averaging 5.0 boards and 4.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 9th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Zach LaVine enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 40 games, he is averaging 23.9 and is 77th in the league in player efficiency rating.
This season, the Detroit offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 112.1 points per game. So far, the Pistons are averaging 100.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Detroit is just 21st in shots made inside the arc.
On defense, the Pistons will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 22nd ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Pistons offense has primarily worked through Bojan Bogdanovic and Jaden Ivey who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 44 games, Bogdanovic is 42nd in the NBA at 21.2 points per game. So far, him and Ivey have accounted for 31% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 36.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaden Ivey is grabbing 4.1 rebounds for Detroit to go along with 4.3 assists.
Bulls vs Pistons Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bulls -7.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over 237.5
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