Nets look to extend lead on Bulls
After rolling to a win and paying off on the NBA odds in their playoff opener, the Brooklyn Nets will be looking to take care of business against the Chicago Bulls once again on Monday.
The Nets beat the Bulls 106-89 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday, getting the SU and ATS victory at home in that contest. Deron Williams had 22 points in the win for Brooklyn, while Carlos Boozer scored 25 points for Chicago.
Supporters of the Bulls have seen them go 45-37 and 36-46 ATS so far this season, while the Nets are at 49-33 and 39-41-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Nets are 41-41, while the Bulls are 37-45.
For bettors going with the Nets in this one, they were listed earlier as 4.5-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 183 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Nets - Bulls odds would favor the Nets if the lines were set according to power ranks. Brooklyn is rated No. 12 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bulls sit at No. 13. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 96-95 win for the Nets.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Brooklyn's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 96.9 PPG, against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 92.9 PPG. The Nets field goal percentage has averaged 45% so far, more than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 43.7% per game.
Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 4-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.9 points per game. Brooklyn, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.
Chicago was a 106-89 loser in its last match on the road against the Nets. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 195 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Chicago got 25 points from Carlos Boozer en route to a 106-89 loss against Brooklyn on Saturday at Barclays Center.
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Brooklyn are 9-1
After playing Brooklyn are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Chicago are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 3-7
After a win are 6-4
A few Bulls at Nets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games on the road
Chicago is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Brooklyn
Brooklyn is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Brooklyn is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 6 games
Brooklyn is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against Chicago
Chicago home to Brooklyn, Thursday, April 25
Brooklyn at Chicago, Thursday, April 25