The Chicago Bulls (21-42) can snap a seven-game road losing streak when they clash against the Brooklyn Nets (28-34) at Barclays Center. Brooklyn is a 6.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 221.5 points. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8, 2020, and it can be seen on YES Network.
Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets Betting Preview
In the Bulls’ last game, they lost to the Indiana Pacers, 108-102. They failed to cover as 2-point underdogs. Chicago’s Shaquille Harrison put up 25 points in the contest. Indiana did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (24-33; 72.7 percent). Chicago, on the other hand, forced the Pacers into a turnover percentage of 19.0 (above their season average of 11.4). The two teams combined to put up 210 points, which came in just over the O/U total of 208.5.
The Nets come in on a high note after easily covering the 2.5-point spread against the San Antonio Spurs in their last contest, 139-120. Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert played a massive role in the victory, racking up 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists on his way to his zeroth triple-double of the season. The Nets held the Spurs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 4.4 (below their season average of 20.0) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.609 (above their season average of 0.513). The two teams collectively scored 259 points, which finished well over the O/U total of 226.
These two teams have already met twice this year, with the Nets winning both. In the most recent matchup, Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 54 points and the Nets beat the Bulls 133-118, covering as 5.5-point favorites. He also had five rebounds and five assists. The two teams combined to score 251 points, which was 32 points above the projected point total of 219 points. Brooklyn’s effective field goal percentage was its biggest advantage over Chicago. The Nets had a rate of 0.719 while the Bulls posted a mark of 0.558.
Of Chicago’s 63 games, 34 have finished over the projected point total, while 30 of Brooklyn’s 62 games have finished over the projected point total. The Nets hold a sizable advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 28-34 SU and 30-30-2 ATS, while the Bulls are 21-42 SU and 27-35-1 ATS.
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Bulls, it’s been Coby White, who has averaged 27 points,3.8 assists, while the Nets have received solid contributions from LeVert (26 points,5.0 assists,1.4 steals).
Brooklyn could dominate on defense as they battle against one of the NBA’s worst offenses. The Nets currently rank fourth in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.507), while Chicago is 24th in effective field goal percentage (0.515).
Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Nets, ATS Winner – Nets, O/U – Over
The Nets rank third in assists allowed per game (22.4) while the Bulls rank 25th (25.4).
Chicago averages 15.0 fast break points per game, which ranks seventh in the league. Brooklyn ranks 16th in fast break points allowed per game (13.3).
Brooklyn ranks sixth in points in the paint per game (49.8) while Chicago ranks 20th in points allowed in the paint per game (49.5).
Chicago averages 13.4 second chance points per game, which ranks 13th in the league. Brooklyn ranks 20th in second chance points allowed per game (13.3).
Chicago is 13-17 ATS on the road with 17 overs, 12 unders and 1 push.
At home, Brooklyn is 17-14 ATS with 15 overs, 15 unders and 1 push.
Chicago is 5-3 when they allow below 100 points, while Brooklyn is 8-1.
In games where they score above 100 points, the Nets are 28-26 and the Bulls are 21-27.
The Bulls rank fifth in three pointers allowed per game (31.8) while the Nets rank 18th (34.5).
Chicago ranks first in points off turnovers per game (21.2) while Brooklyn ranks 27th (14.7).
The Nets rank second in rebounds per game (48.5) while the Bulls rank 28th (42.0).
The Nets rank 21st in blocks per game (4.6) while the Bulls rank 28th in blocks allowed per game (5.9).
Chicago ranks first in steals per game (10.0) while Brooklyn ranks 26th (6.5).
Brooklyn is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Across its last five games, Chicago is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Nets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.4, up from 0.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 111.2 points per game (4.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 115.8 points per game (5.8 above their season average).