The Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls have split their two meetings 1-1 both SU and ATS so far this season as those Eastern Conference teams battle in NBA betting action on Saturday night.
Brooklyn won their last meeting with Chicago 93-89 on February 1 but failed to cover the 5-point spread at home in the contest. Overall the Nets are just 4-6 SU but 6-4 ATS in their past 10 games against the Bulls, with the OVER/UNDER going 5-5.
Chicago battles the Nets, currently with a 34-25 mark (26-31-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 24-34 for the Bulls and 25-34 for the Nets. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Bulls installed as 5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including , at 177.5.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 16-rated Nets taking on the No. 6-rated Bulls in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 95-94 win for the Bulls on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 28-ranked offense (92.6 PPG) against a Nets defense that ranks No. 5 at 94.9 PPG. The Bulls have averaged 43.6% from the field per game, less than the Nets have managed so far this season (44.1% on average).
Defensively, the Nets feature the league's No. 5-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.5 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Brooklyn was a 98-90 loser at home against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (188) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Deron Williams scored 24 points in a failed effort to lead the Nets to victory (they lost 98-90 to Dallas at Barclays Center on Friday).
Chicago won its last outing, a 93-82 result against the 76ers on February 28. The Bulls covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 175 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Bulls got a 23-point performance from Joakim Noah, who added 21 rebounds as Chicago ran past Philadelphia 93-82 on Thursday at United Center.
Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Charlotte are 2-8
After playing Dallas are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Indiana are 9-1
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a win are 3-7
A few Nets at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games
Brooklyn is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games on the road
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago's last 11 games at home
Brooklyn at Charlotte, Wednesday, March 6
Chicago at Indiana, Sunday, March 3