Brooklyn Nets (26-53) at Chicago Bulls (27-52)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 7, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Bulls +5 -- Over/Under: 216
The Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Brooklyn Nets could use a feel good victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 106.4 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 110.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 15.5 points and 5.1 assists while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third double-digit scorer and DeMarre Carroll is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have split their last six road games.
The Chicago Bulls could also use a win here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 103.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.6 points on 47 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 16.7 points and three assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. Kris Dunn is the third double-digit scorer and Bobby Portis is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last six home games.
The Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 25-10 ATS in their last 35 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The favorite is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Handicapping games this time of year is tough, as you don't know which teams have checked out, who really cares, etc. Games when neither team has anything to play for at this point are the toughest. The Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls are actually better off if they lost this game, and the Bulls are doing the best tanking job at the moment. While the Nets have been a covering machine, especially on the road, I'm not eating chalk with a bad team this time of year. The home team has won each of the last four meetings between the Nets and Bulls, and Chicago has won six of the last nine overall. Give me the points.