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Nets vs Bulls NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls
- Where: Chicago at United Center
- Date: Wednesday, January 4th
- Betting Odds CHI +5.5, BKN -212 | CHI +175 O/U 235.0
So far, the Nets have put together an overall record of 25-12, while going 19-17-1 vs the spread. The Nets entered today’s game having picked up 12 straight wins. They have won these games by an average of 11.75 points.
In their previous game, the Nets took down the Spurs by a score of 139-103. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 12 point favorites. Brooklyn was able to maintain control throughout the game, as they outscored the Spurs in each quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Kyrie Irving, as he contributed 27 points while hitting 78.6% of his shots.
So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 16-21, while going 18-19-0 vs the spread. The Bulls head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -6.0.
Not only did the Bulls drop their last game to the Cavaliers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 145-134 as 4 point underdogs. Chicago missed out on an opportunity to add a win to their resume, as they held a 18 point lead going into halftime. In the loss, DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 44 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I 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. The level of competition has been tight in the 5 most recent games between Nets and Bulls with just 0 points per game separating the teams. Chicago has the ATS edge in this span at 3-2. Brooklyn and Chicago averaged a combined 216 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Nets come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115.2 points per game (12th). Coming into today’s game, the Nets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.1 made 3’s per game. If Brooklyn continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 22nd in the league in possessions per game.
Currently, the Nets defense is ranked 18th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.12 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Kevin Durant leads the Nets in scoring at 29.6 points per game, placing him 7th in the NBA. Overall, Durant has hit 56.4% of his shots while accounting for 22.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 29th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 26.2 points per game, Kyrie Irving is the 2nd leading scorer for the Nets. For the season, he is 40th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 49.9%.
This season, the Chicago offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 114.3 points per game. For the season, the Bulls have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 9th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Not only is the team playing at an up-tempo pace, but they have been able to pair this style with one of the better field goal percentages in the NBA at 48.6%.
Defensively, Chicago has had its problems giving up an average of 112.0 points per game (17th).
This season, the Bulls offense has primarily worked through DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 37 games, DeRozan is 16th in the NBA at 26.7 points per game. So far, him and LaVine have accounted for 42% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 49.4 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Zach LaVine is grabbing 4.3 rebounds for Chicago to go along with 4.3 assists.
Nets vs Bulls Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bulls +5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 235.0