Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets - 12/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (14-16) at Chicago Bulls (22-9)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -11.5 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls look to stay hot tonight when they host the Brooklyn Nets.
The Chicago Bulls have won 10 of their last 11 games and will be going for an eighth straight win tonight after beating the Pacers by 92-90 last night. Pau Gasol had a nice shooting night of 7 of 14 for his 20 points while Jimmy Butler led the way with 27 points, but this win was far from pretty as the Bulls shot an ugly 34.5 percent from the field, including Derrick Rose who finished with 17 points on 5 of 20 shooting from the field. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Bulls may have been looking to their next game because they were up by 81-65 before the Butler had to rescue the team late in the game. With the win, Chicago improves to 22-9 overall and 14-4 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets have won four of their last five games overall and will be looking to kick off their three-game road trip with a win after taking down the Kings by 107-99 on Monday. Mason Plumlee led the way with 22 points on just six of seven shooting, while Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack added 16 points apiece as the Nets continue to succeed with Deron Williams and Brook Lopez playing off the bench. Tonight, the Nets will be looking to begin a three-game road swing with a win against the Bulls tonight as they are just 14-16 overall and 6-8 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Bulls are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record but just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games.
Head to head, the Nets are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the Under is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
I absolutely wanted to take the Bulls to win this one easily, but the while the Bulls have been winning plenty, they haven't been covering many spreads so I'm reluctantly taking the Nets with the points in this one.