Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons - 12/7/13
Detroit Pistons (9-10) at Chicago Bulls (8-9)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -5 -- Over/Under: 189 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls face off against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night from the United Center.
Head to head, the Pistons are 7-20-1 ATS in the last 28 meetings and 2-9-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Chicago while the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, but just 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games following a S.U. win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Pistons on the other hand are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 road games, 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Chicago Bulls are a hard team to figure out. In the space of two weeks they have - Lost in Los Angeles by 39, fell in overtime at Utah and also lost in triple-overtime at home to the New Orleans Pelicans while also defeating the Pistons and Heat by 20 points apiece, two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference at the moment. It's happened before, but I didn't expect the Bulls to play like they did against the Heat on Thursday night given all the factors involved. Chicago dominated the glass and played like the team that wanted it more, cruising to just their second win in their last eight starts.
The Detroit Pistons are starting to play the type of basketball that everyone expected them to as the start of the season. Coming off back-to-back road victories at Miami and Milwaukee, the Pistons have now won a season-high three straight and are just one game shy of .500. Detroit has been red-hot on the offensive end lately, averaging 107 points per game over their last four and they have topped 107 in four of their last six.
Classic spot for a Bulls letdown here. You have to realise this team gave it everything they had on Thursday night and the fact remains that they have only won two of their last eight and they have only covered in 18 of their last 53 games at the United Center. Detroit could always crap the bed like they have in years past, but I like the way they are playing at the moment and they have shown they can win on the road, having won three-straight away from home by an average of 9.6 points. Don't know if I would bet this myself, but I think the Pistons are the play here...
Dan’s Pick: Detroit +5
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