Free NBA Hoops Pick: Nets vs Bulls Lines
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(19-48) Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls (33-33)
Date: Thursday March 17
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: United Center in Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
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The Bulls have certainly not lived up to expectations this season, but they are fighting for their playoff lives and should be motivated coming off a bad loss to the Wizards.
Brooklyn is coming off a win against a hapless 76er’s team, but to find the last time they beat a playoff team you have to flip your calendar all the way back to Jan 27th. They have won consecutive games only 3 times this entire season.
They have split the season series, one game apiece.
Brooklyn is a team truly void of talent outside of their two veteran starters. Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez have been dependable scorers, averaging 16.4 and 23.4 point per game respectively over the last 2 weeks, but both struggle to defend their position.
Expect Lopez to feast against a very shorthanded Bulls frontcourt in this one.
Bojan Bogdanovic is coming off a career high 44 points in Philly and will likely come out shooting, but his 43.8 FG% and the possibility of being guarded by Jimmy Butler screams regression to the mean.
Their reserves have rarely stepped up lately, with only 1 bench player managing to score in double digits in each of their last 5 games.
Brooklyn has the league’s 5th worst road record this season, having only managed 7 wins.
The Bulls have had some of the worst injury luck of any team in the East this season and the hits have kept on coming this week.
Although Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose were both in uniform Wednesday night, Pau Gasol is still out and Taj Gibson left the game with a hamstring injury, the severity of which has yet to be determined.
The Bulls may be digging deep into the reserves with Christian Feliciano being the only true center healthy enough to suit up. The Bulls will likely be forced to play small ball in this one and lean heavily on rookie Bobby Portis to anchor the middle.
Doug McDermott has been on fire in his last few and is likely to see as many shots as he can get once again. In his last two games he’s recorded 49 points on a scintillating 68% from the field and 63% from downtown.
Chicago has done well at the United Center with a record of 21-12 to date.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Nets are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 vs. Eastern Conference
- Nets are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings
- Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games
Free Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
Despite coming off an embarrassing loss, this is an important game for the Bulls playoff positioning and their veteran core will not take the basement dwelling Nets lightly. It should be closer than one might expect due to the Bulls not having any rim presence on defense, but Chicago defends its home court and comes out with the W in this one.
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Dallas may outsmart them but I like the home side to come away with a close victory.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Chicago 107 – Brooklyn 96
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