Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls
The Brooklyn Nets look to head into the All-Star break with a win tonight when they play the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are -4 point favorites over the Nets with an over/under point total set at 192.
The Nets have won four of their last five games and will be looking to head into the All-Star break with another win after blowing past the Bobcats by 105-89 last night. Paul Pierce turned back the clock with a team-high 25 points including five three pointers, while Deron Williams, Mirza Teletovic and Andray Blatche added 13 points apiece as the Nets cruised past the Bobcats to improve to 24-26 on the season, 14-5 in 2014 and 16-11 at home.
Meanwhile, the Bulls have won three of their last four games and are coming off a 100-85 win against the Hawks thanks to big performances from a couple of big men. Taj Gibson led the scoring with 24 points and added 12 rebounds and five assists, while Joakim Noah compiled a triple-double of 19 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists to pace the Bulls past the shorthanded Hawks. With the win, Chicago improves to 26-25 on the season and 14-10 at home where they’ve lost two of their last three.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall, while the Bulls are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a losing record and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Nets have lost 12 of the last 15 regular season meetings against the Bulls in Chicago.
The Nets looked so good against the Bobcats last night, especially on offense where they moved the ball around so well, but they’ve struggled against the Bulls in the past which makes this game all the more interesting. Given that this is the second game of a back to back set, I wouldn’t be surprised if coach Kidd gave someone a night off so my gut feeling is telling me to go with the Bulls at home.
Chicago Bulls -4 Brooklyn Nets