Nets open as NBA underdog vs Bulls

Brooklyn NetsChicago Bulls
Dec 15, 8:00 PM | United Center

Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls Odds

13-9TEAM RECORD12-9

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Bulls try to run the Nets off the court at United Center in pro hoops action.

The Bulls sport records of 12-9 and 8-13 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Nets sit at 13-9 and 11-10-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-14 for the Bulls and 9-13 for the Nets. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
The Bulls were listed as 2.5-point favorites at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), with the total was listed at 185.5 over at 5Dimes earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Bulls, currently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Nets, who rate No. 15 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 97-96 victory for the Bulls.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Nets rank No. 17 in the league with 41.9 per game. That compares with Chicago’s No. 7 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Chicago is the NBA’s No. 30-ranked team at 4.4 per game, while the Nets rate No. 9 with 7.8 per contest.

Defensively, the Nets feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, giving up 90.8 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 in the league in scoring at home.

Brooklyn was a 107-105 winner in its last match at home against the Pistons. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 212 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Detroit was scorched by Joe Johnson for 28 points as the Nets defated the Pistons 107-105 in NBA action on Friday.

The Bulls were a 96-89 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the 76ers. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (185) made winners of OVER bettors. Chicago got 21 points from Joakim Noah en route to a 96-89 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center.

Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing Detroit are 1-9
After a win are 8-2

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Memphis are 6-4
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 13 of Brooklyn's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Brooklyn's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chicago's last 11 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Brooklyn

Next up:
Brooklyn home to Utah, Tuesday, December 18
Chicago at Memphis, Monday, December 17