In this all-Eastern battle between two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the conference, the Brooklyn Nets (28-34), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Chicago Bulls (21-42), who on the other hand have won only once in their last 5 games.
Date/Time: 03-08-2020, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Brooklyn Nets -6.5
Brooklyn Nets have a 28-34 record (30-32 against the spread) and are sitting on the 7th place of the East. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Spurs with a 139-120 score, beating the odds. Kyrie Irving leads the team in scoring with 27.4 ppg, adding 5.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game but he is out for the season. Spencer Dinwiddie follows with 20.5 ppg and a team high 6.8 assists per game.
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Chicago Bulls have a 21-42 record (27-35-1 against the spread) and are tied with the Hornets in the 10th place of the East. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Pacers with a 102-108 score, not beating the odds. Zach LaVine leads the team in scoring with 25.5 ppg, adding 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game but he is out with an injury. Lauri Markkanen follows with 14.7 ppg and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Nets have won both previous meetings against the Bulls this season. At home by 15 points and on the road by 6. Nets are 17-14 home, while the Bulls are 8-22 on the road. Nets are better offensively, scoring 110.9 ppg to Bulls’ 106.8, while Bulls are better defensively, allowing 110 ppg to Nets’ 111.6. Both teams have a similar field goal percentage (44.6% to 44.4%), while Bulls have better 3-point percentage (34.7% to 34%). Nets are better both in rebounding (48.5 to 42) and in assists made (24.1 to 23.2), while both teams are very close in turnovers committed (15.4 to 15.5). Bookmakers give the Nets a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win today.
Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets Pick: Brooklyn Nets -6.5 (-114)
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