Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets odds, picks and best bets

Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets odds, picks and best bets

The Chicago Bulls (19-31) play the Brooklyn Nets (20-26) for the second time this season at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday at Barclays Center. We analyze Bulls-Nets odds and lines, with NBA betting advice and tips around the matchup.


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Bulls at Nets: Key injuries

Bulls

  • SG Denzel Valentine (hip) probable
  • PG Tomas Satoransky (ankle) probable
  • PF Luke Kornet (ankle) probable
  • SG Chandler Hutchison (shoulder) probable
  • PG Kris Dunn (quadricep) probable
  • PG Ryan Arcidiacono (elbow) probable
  • PF Lauri Markkanen (pelvis) out
  • PF Daniel Gafford (thumb) doubtful
  • C Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle) out
  • SF Otto Porter Jr. (foot) out
  • SG Max Strus (knee) out

Nets

  • SG Garrett Temple (eye) available
  • SF Kevin Durant (Achilles) out

Bulls at Nets: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

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Prediction

Nets 112, Bulls 103

Moneyline (ML)

PASS on the moneyline in Bulls-Nets. Chicago has won just one game in their last nine against Brooklyn but I am not confident enough in the other side to take Nets (-227) to win outright.

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Line/Against the Spread (ATS)

Friday games have been a struggle for the Bulls recently-Chicago is 0-5 against the spread in their last five Friday games-while the Nets have excelled on Fridays in their last six games, going 6-0 ATS. Chicago also struggles against opponents who are on equal rest, going 13-22-1 ATS in such situations.

Brooklyn’s winning edge is in the health of the two clubs. Both of the Bulls’ starting big men entering the season, Carter and Markkanen, are out for this game and they have a cluster of injuries in the backcourt. Many of their guards are probable but are definitely not 100%. The Bulls’ injury woes to their guards should rear its ugly head against a solid Nets backcourt featuring Kyrie Irving, Spence Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert.

BET NETS -5.5 (-110).

Over/Under (O/U)

Let’s go with the UNDER 222.5 (-110) on the total because of each team’s propensity to take 3-pointers and matchup factors possibly leading to a bunch of missed threes. The Nets attempt the sixth most threes per game but are ranked just 26th in 3-point percentage, while the Bulls are ranked 10th in opponent 3-point percentage. Also, Chicago shoots the ninth most three pointers per game, and Brooklyn is 19th in 3-pointers allowed. Chicago has just the 24th ranked 3-point percentage. Expect there to be a lot of bricklaying Friday.

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