Chicago Bulls vs. New Jersey Nets
The Chicago Bulls are 5-point road favorites this evening against the New Jersey Nets.Â The over/under for the game is 182. Bettors who have wagered on the Chicago Bulls have made a profit this year as they have a 43-23 record against the spread.Â The Bulls also bring a seven-game winning streak into their Thursday night contest against a New Jersey Nets team that has won five straight games.
Chicago extended its winning streak to seven games with Wednesdays 98-79 whipping of the Washington Wizards. The Bulls also covered as hefty 15-point home favorites, marking their fourth straight pointspread success. It was also Chicagos 12th consecutive victory at home. Derrick Rose scored 23 points and Luol Deng added 20 points to lead the Bulls in scoring. Chicago covered the big spread despite playing without Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.Â The combined 187 points dipped below the 192-point closing total, leaving the der 9-2 in Chicagos last 11 games and 40-26 in the clubs first 66 overall games.Â Defense has been a big key to Chicagos recent winning ways. The Bulls have yielded 86 points or fewer in nine of their last 10 outings and less than 80 points on five occasions. The Bulls are yielding 91.1 PPG, while holding the opposition to 42.9 percent shooting from the field and 32.7 percent from beyond the three-point line.
Though the New Jersey Nets are 22-43 on the season, they are in the midst of a five-game winning streak. The latest success occurred Monday when the Nets upset the Celtics as 5-point home underdogs, 88-79. The win lifted New Jerseys home record to 18-16 overall and 20-14 against the spread. The combined 167 points went well below the 187-point closing total, leaving the der 34-31 in the Nets first 65 games. The win pulled the Nets to within 5 games of Indiana and Charlotte, who are tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
New Jersey and Chicago have split two meetings this season, but the Nets have covered the spread on each occasion. The first matchup occurred on New Years Eve, with the Bulls registering a 90-81 victory as 10-point home favorites. The combined 171 points went well der the 187-point closing total. Five days later, the Nets got their revenge with a 96-94 victory as five-point home underdogs. The combined 190 points went above the 185-point closing total.Â Today, I believe the Nets win streak comes to an end.Â The Chicago Bulls are a much better team and are currently playing very well.Â I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bulls win by a large margin this evening.Â Ill lay the 5 points and gladly take the Chicago Bulls.
Chicago Bulls -5 New Jersey Nets