Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/31/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:30 PM (Barclays Center)
Nets -5 O/U 220.5
The Chicago Bulls go on the road to the Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have struggled in the early season but now have back all-star point guard Kyrie Irving back and won their last time out at home 125-115 over the Detroit Pistons to improve their record on the season to 20-26. The Bulls lost a 115-106 heartbreaker in overtime on the road to the Indiana Pacers to drop their record on the season to 19-31.
Chicago comes in averaging 105.7 points per game which ranks them 25th in the NBA in offensive points per game. The Bulls are shooting just 44% from the field to rank 25th in the NBA offensive shooting percentage. Leading the Bulls is point guard Zach Levine who averages 25.1 points per game while adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game while shooting 38% from beyond the arc. Making contributions in the paint is the young frontcourt duo of Lauri Markkanen and Wendal Carter Jr. Markkanen comes in averaging 15 points per game while adding 6.5 rebounds per game while Carter Jr. leads the team in rebounding with 9.9 per game while adding 11.7 points per game.
The Nets offense is averaging 112 points per game which ranks them 19th in the NBA scoring offense while shooting an efficient 44.2% from the field which ranks them 5th in offensive field goal percentage. Kyrie Irving has played in just eighteen games this season but leads the Nets in scoring with 26.8 points per game while adding a team-high 6.6 assists per game. Kyrie is also adding 5.2 rebounds per game and is shooting 45.9% from the field on over 20 shots. In the absence of Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie stepped up in a huge way and is averaging 21.4 points per game while adding 6.5 assists. The Nets are led in rebounding by De’andre Jordan and Jarrett Allen who both are averaging 9.7 rebounds, Jordan adds 7.9 points per game while Allen is adding 11.4 points per game.
Chicago ranks 10th in the NBA in scoring defense this season allowing 107.8 points per game but opponents are shooting 46.7% from the field which ranks 22nd in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage. Brooklyn has allowed opponents to score 112 points per game ranking 19th in the NBA in scoring defense but has held opponents to 44.2% from the field ranking 5th in the NBA.
The Bulls and Nets have both been tough bets this season with the Bulls posting a 23-26-1 record ATS on the year. The Nets come in with an against the spread record of 20-26 on the year. Final score prediction, the Bulls defense is able to keep the game close on the road, losing the game outright but covering the spread with a 110-109 final score.