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Nets host Bulls in a Christmas tipoff

The Chicago Bulls and the Brooklyn Nets will tip off the Christmas Day slate of games on Wednesday afternoon as those teams hit the hardwood together at the Barclays Center.

The Bulls are 6-4 both SU and ATS in their past 10 games against the Nets, with the OVER paying out for totals bettors in each of the last four games between the teams.

This season the Nets are 9-18 overall and 11-16 ATS against the number, while the Bulls are 10-16 and 9-17 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Brooklyn is 15-11-1 on the OU, and Chicago is 11-15.

View Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets Odds and Stats.

The Bulls were listed as 3-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 187.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 28-rated Nets and the No. 20-rated Bulls in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 88-85 win for the Bulls on Wednesday.

In their last action, Chicago was a 100-84 winner at home against the Cavaliers. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (184) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Chicago earned a 100-84 victory over Cleveland on Saturday, getting 19 points from Carlos Boozer at United Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Brooklyn's No. 21-ranked offense (97.63 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 2 at 93.27 PPG. The Nets have averaged 44.72% from the field per game, more than the Bulls have managed so far this season (42.2% on average).

A few Bulls at Nets trends to consider:
Chicago is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 9 games
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Brooklyn is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games
Brooklyn is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Brooklyn is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Chicago home to Dallas, Saturday, December 28th
Brooklyn home to Milwaukee, Friday, December 27th