Bulls try again to bounce the Nets
The Chicago Bulls will be trying again to knock the Brooklyn Nets out the playoffs on Thursday night as those teams meet in Game 6 of their best-of-seven first-round postseason series.
*Editor Note: Check line moves, Kirk Hinrich out again, Luol Deng gametime decision for Bulls.
The Nets cut the Bulls' series lead to 3-2 on Monday night with a 110-91 home win as a 6.5-point favorite on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks. Brook Lopez had a team-high 28 points for the Nets in that win, while Deron Williams scored 23 points.
The Nets will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 39-41-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bulls are 36-46 ATS. Brooklyn is 41-41 against the total, while Chicago is 37-45 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Those backing the visitors in this one found the Nets listed as 1.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 184 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 13-rated Bulls and the No. 12-ranked Nets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-95 result in favor of the Nets.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 93.2 PPG, against a Nets defense that ranks No. 6 at 95.1 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 43.7% so far, less than the Nets shooters have achieved on the year, 45% per game.
Defensively, the Nets feature the league's No. 5-rated defense on the road, giving up 95.2 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Chicago was a 110-91 loser on the road against the Nets. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (201) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Nate Robinson scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Bulls to victory (they lost 110-91 to Brooklyn at Barclays Center on Monday).
Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Chicago are 4-6
After playing Chicago are 3-7
After a win are 6-4
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Brooklyn are 8-2
After playing Brooklyn are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3
A few Nets at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Brooklyn's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 18 of Brooklyn's last 24 games
Brooklyn is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Brooklyn's last 9 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Chicago is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Chicago is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games at home
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Brooklyn home to Chicago, Saturday, May 4
Chicago at Brooklyn, Saturday, May 4