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Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets - 12/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets (14-18) at Chicago Bulls (7-24)
Date & Time Wednesday December 19, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Chicago Bulls +1.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5
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The Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls meet Wednesday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Brooklyn Nets look to stay hot while building on their sudden six-game winning streak. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 111 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 111.8 points on 47 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 18 points and six assists while Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 17.2 points and 2.5 rebounds. Joe Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have won four of their last six road games.

The Chicago Bulls could use a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 46 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.8 points and 4.8 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Jabari Parker is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last five home games.

The Nets are 35-17 ATS in their last 52 road games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bulls are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nets are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 18-7-1 in Bulls last 26 overall. The over is 5-1 in Nets last 6 Wednesday games.

The Brooklyn Nets are all of a sudden one of the hottest teams in the league and have won four of the last five meetings against the Bulls. The Chicago Bulls are being outscored by 20.2 points in their last five games, mainly due to an offense that's shooting just 43.6 percent from the field. The Bulls could also very well be without LaVine and Parker for this contest, which makes matters worse. The Nets are likely going to cool off at some point, but they're playing well at the moment and the Bulls are unbackable in their current form. I'll lay the bucket with the Nets.

Brooklyn Nets -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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