NBA FREE PICK: New Jersey Nets +13.5
New Jersey vs. Chicago,
01/23/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 95 - 110
Point Spread: +13½/-106 New Jersey
The Chicago Bulls are expected to get back starting point guard Derrick Rose, but there is a good chance they will be playing without Luol Deng. I don't think people understand just how important Deng is to the Bulls. Chicago will also be without backup power forward Taj Gibson, who is another very underrated player. The Bulls success comes from their defense. Without Deng and Gibson that defense will take a hit, which is why I will gladly take the 13.5-points.
There is no question getting Rose back is a big plus for the Bulls, but I don't expect him to dominate this game going up against another top point guard in Deron Williams.
New Jersey is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games as a road underdog of 11.0 or greater, while the Bulls are just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games as a home favorite of 11.0 or greater. BET THE NETS!