NBA Picks: Nets vs. Bulls Analysis & Predictions
When: Friday, February 24th, 8:00 PM (ET)
Where: United Center, IL, Chicago
Point Spread: Bkn +1/Chi -1 (Stop wasting money betting games at -110 odds! Start laying only -105 TODAY at BetAnySports! You’ll be so glad you did!)
Money Line: Nets +102/Bulls -123
- Ben Simmons (Questionable) Knee
- Goran Dragic (Questionable) Knee
- Lonzo Ball (Out) Knee
- Javonte Green (Out) Knee
Heading into the game, Brooklyn is 34-24 overall. When taking to the road, Brooklyn has a mark of 16-13 and a win percentage of 55%. Currently, the team is 5th in the Eastern Conference. So far, they are 30-27-1 vs. the spread. When looking at how the team has performed of late straight and vs. the spread, they are 2-3 in their past five games and 3-2 ATS. Over their past ten games, they are 5-5 SU and 7-3 ATS.
In their preceding game, the Nets overpowered the Heat, earning a 116-105 win as 2-point favorites. Mikal Bridges led the way for the Nets, putting up 45 points on 70.8% shooting. The Nets not only secured the victory but also covered the spread.
Heading into the game, Chicago is 26-33 overall. When playing at home, Chicago has a mark of 16-13 and a win percentage of 55%. Currently, the team is 11th in the Eastern Conference. So far, they are 29-30-0 vs. the spread. The Bulls need a win in today’s matchup vs. Brooklyn to avoid their 7th straight loss.
Most recently, Chicago lost to the Bucks by a score of 112-100. Nikola Vucevic and his 22 points were not enough for the team to pull out a win as 8-point underdogs. The Bulls also finished with an ATS loss in the game.
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Bulls picked up the 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. Across the last five matchups between the teams, Chicago has gone 3-2 vs. the spread. However, the Nets actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +3 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 1-4. Combined, they averaged 225 points in these games.
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This season, the Nets’ offense averages 114.0 points per game, which is 17th in the NBA. In terms of pace, Brooklyn has been playing at one of the slower tempo’s in the league, averaging just 97.7 possessions per game. Brooklyn has struggled with their 3-point shot this season, as they are currently ranked just 2nd in 3-point shooting percentage at 39.2%. In addition, they are near the bottom of the league in attempts, at just 32.1 attempts per contest. On defense, the Nets allow an average of 112.12 points per game, placing them 18th in the league. So far, they have done a good job defending the 3-point arc, as teams are hitting just 34.46% of their looks from deep.
Coming into today’s game, Mikal Bridges is the leading scorer for Brooklyn at 17.6 points per game. This season, Bridges has a field goal percentage of 46.8%. The team’s second-leading scorer is Spencer Dinwiddie at 17.7 points per contest.
Coming into the game, Chicago’s offense is ranked just 21st in scoring at 113.1 points per game. This has come while being the 15th-ranked unit in pace. So far, the Bulls are averaging 99.8 possessions per contest. Chicago comes into the game ranked just 30th in 3-point attempts per game. So far, they have connected on 35.9% of their shots from deep, which places them 30th in the NBA. On defense, the Bulls allow an average of 112.0 points per game, placing them 17th in the league. So far, teams have shot 36.4% on their looks from outside vs. Chicago. This figure places them 23rd in 3-point shooting defense.
Going into today’s game, DeMar DeRozan is the leading scorer for the Chicago team, with an average of 25.4 points per game. This season, his field goal percentage is 50.7%. The team’s second top scorer is Zach LaVine, who is averaging 24.0 points per game.
- The Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
- The Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last five after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
- The Bulls are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 home games.
Joes Pick To Cover The Spread
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