The 34-25 Brooklyn Nets will travel on a back to back when they face a rested 33-25 Chicago Bulls in an NBA pro basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Chicago is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by WGN.
The NBA odds from this game has the home team Chicago Bulls favored by -5 points with an over under line of 177 ½ points. There has been no line movement since the odds came out a few hours ago on this NBA games.
The teams met three times this season with each team winning on their home court. The road team covered the spread in both contests.
Brooklyn has a road record of 14-12. They lose for the third time in four games following a 98-90 home defeat to the Dallas Mavericks as a -3 point home betting favorite. The game ended under 194 ½ points. The Nets shot 46.2% from the floor and made 7 of 23 three pointers. They crushed the Mavs on the boards by a 44-31 margin. Brooklyn allowed 50% shooting to Dallas and gave away the game with 20 turnovers. Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 24 points and four boards on 8 of 18 shooting. The Nets have struggled for points all year. They rank 20th in the NBA in scoring offense with just an average of 95.2 points a game.
The Bulls are 16-14 on their home court. Chicago breaks a two game losing streak after a 93-82 home win on Thursday night to the Philadelphia 76ers as a -7 point betting favorite. The total landed under 178 points. Chicago survived a 38.6% shooting game along with 3 of 14 from three. They held the 76ers to 38.8% from the floor and the Bulls had six more rebounds. Chicago benefits from a bad free throw shooting night from the 76ers as they miss 9 of 21 shots while the Bulls hit on 26 of 33 from the charity stripe. Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 21 rebounds on 8 of 12 shooting. Without Derrick Rose the Bulls have tried to win with stout defense. That works against lower division teams but hurts them against upper echelon clubs. Chicago is in the bottom third in the NBA in three key offensive areas which are points per game, field goal and three point shooting. The Bulls are 28th and third to last in the NBA by scoring just 92.6 points a game.