Chicago Bulls Vs. New Jersey Nets
The Chicago Bulls are the hottest team in the NBA and have just taken over the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The New Jersey Nets are in a rebuilding mode but have proved recently they can take down the top teams in the NBA.
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The Nets are off a very big win against the Boston Celtics and this has given the Nets hope for a playoff spot. The playoffs are possible, says Deron Williams. Practical, realistic and probable seem out the window, but as long as there is life, be it through the power of mathematics or simple hope, the Nets are excited.
Coach Avery Johnson hears the talk about the post-season, which has been fueled by the Nets' acquisition of Williams, a five-game winning streak and the fact that in the East, losers can be winners of playoff bids. But Johnson, while he appreciates the buzz, does not want to miss sight of the task at hand. Right now that is a game against one of the best teams in the NBA.
The Bulls have historically struggled in this spot against the Nets. The Bulls are 3-14 ATS in the last 17 meetings in New Jersey and the home team is 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings.
The Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a winning road record, 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record, and 5-1 ATS in the last six games overall.
The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the NBA Atlantic and will be caught off guard in this spot.
The Nets will surprise another top team with a big win at home.
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