Pistons vs. Bulls - 2/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (34-20) at Detroit Pistons (21-33)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons +4.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, FSDT
The Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons square off Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Chicago Bulls hope to build on their current four-game winning streak. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 99.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.4 points and 5.8 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.9 points and five assists. Pau Gasol is grabbing 12.1 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.7 assists. The Chicago Bulls have allowed 98 or less points in four straight games and are allowing 27.7 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Bulls are at their best when they stick to their identity and play elite level defense. The Bulls have won seven of their last 10 when allowing less than 100 points. Kirk Hinrich is questionable for this game with a toe injury.
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The Detroit Pistons hope to get back on track after splitting their last eight games. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 98.3 points on 42.8 percent shooting and are allowing 99.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Greg Monroe is averaging 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 12.6 points and 12.8 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is shooting 39.6 percent from the field and D.J. Augustin is dishing 4.9 assists. The Detroit Pistons have been playing inconsistent ball ever since Brandon Jenning went down with an injury, but they still remain in the playoff race in the weak East. The Pistons are allowing 38.7 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. Caron Butler and Cartier Martin are questionable with injuries.
The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 Friday games. The Pistons are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. NBA Central. The Bulls are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Detroit and 20-8-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings overall.
The Pistons are way too inconsistent to back at the moment. The Bulls are on a bit of a streak and have crushed Detroit ATS over the years. I'll take the Bulls and the reasonable chalk in this spot.