Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/25/13
Chicago Bulls (10-16) at Brooklyn Nets (9-18)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 187.5 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls collide in the first of five NBA games on Christmas Day.
Head to head, the Bulls are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Brooklyn while the road team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The Nets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games. The Bulls on the other hand are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
In what was supposed to be a showdown between two of the premier teams in the Eastern Conference to open the slate of Christmas NBA games has turned out to be anything but. Many figured the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls would be fighting the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for the top spot in the East at this point in time. Instead, both teams come into todays game with nearly double the amount of losses compared with wins and have a lot of work to do to turn things around.
Of course, injuries have been the main reason why both the Nets and Bulls currently sit outside the top eight in the Eastern Conference. With Derrick Rose already sidelined for the remainder of the season, Chicago is also expected to be without leading scorer Luol Deng because of a sore left Achilles, while Jimmy Butler (sprained right ankle) and Kirk Hinrich (back) will likely be game-time decisions. As far as Brooklyn is concerned, they suffered a major blow last week as Brook Lopez will miss the remainder of the season after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Deron Williams also re-injured his left ankle during Monday's game against the Pacers, but is expected to play today while Andrei Kirilenko is still questionable.
I know it's more bad luck than anything else, but what a horrible game to open up Christmas Day. As you read above, both teams are injury ravaged and their form of late has been poor as both the Nets and Bulls limp into this 'showdown' having lost four of their past five games. I could go on, but what's the point because if you were a smart bettor, you would steer well clear of this game. Given what Chicago did in their playoff series against Brooklyn last season, I have to take the points in this one...
Dan’s Pick: Chicago +2.5
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