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Nets vs Bulls NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls
- Where: Chicago at United Center
- Date: Friday, February 24th
- Betting Odds CHI -1, BKN +102 | CHI -123 O/U 226.0
The Nets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 34-24. So far, the team has gone 30-27-1 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
The Nets will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Heat by a score of 116-105. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Although Brooklyn trailed the Heat going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. Leading the team in scoring was Mikal Bridges, as he contributed 45 points while hitting 70.8% of his shots.
So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 26-33, while going 29-30-0 vs the spread. Chicago will take the court having lost 6 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -9.83 points per game.
Not only did the Bulls drop their last game to the Bucks. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 112-100 as 8 point underdogs. In the loss, Chicago got off to a slow start, trailing by 12 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Nikola Vucevic, as he contributed 22 points while hitting 40.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Bulls picked up the win 108-99 win over the Nets. Heading into the game, Chicago was the 2.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. So far this season, the Bulls have a record of 2-1 vs the Nets. Similar to their season-long average, the Nets averaged 113.33 points per game vs the Bulls. Just like the Nets, the Bulls maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 113.67 points per game vs Brooklyn. When looking at how these teams have performed vs the spread in recent matchups, the Bulls have an ATS mark of 3-2. Yet, the Nets have averaged more points per game in these contests, at 114 compared to Chicago at 114. A combined average of 225 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Brooklyn offense is ranked 17th in the NBA in scoring at 114.0 points per game. So far, the Nets are averaging 97.7 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, Brooklyn is just 15th in shots made inside the arc.
Defensively, Brooklyn has had its problems giving up an average of 112.12 points per game (18th).
Small-Forward Mikal Bridges currently leads the Nets at 17.6 points per game. For the season, he is 150th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 16.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Bridges is averaging 4.4 boards and 3.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 29th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Spencer Dinwiddie enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 57 games, he is averaging 17.7 and is 138th in the league in player efficiency rating.
For the season, the Bulls offensive unit is ranked just 21st in scoring at 113.1 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bulls are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.8 per contest. The Bulls are a candidate to see their offensive numbers improve, as not only do they play at a fast pace, but they are a strong team at scoring inside. So far they are 4th in made 2-point field goals per game.
Against the Nets, the Bulls will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 17th in points allowed.
Small-Forward DeMar DeRozan currently leads the Bulls at 25.4 points per game. For the season, he is 36th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.7% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, DeRozan is averaging 4.7 boards and 5.1 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 1st ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Zach LaVine enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 55 games, he is averaging 24.0 and is 84th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Nets vs Bulls Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nets +1
- Free Total Prediction: Over 226.0