Struggling Bulls 1-Point Home Favorites Over Dominating Nets

  • The Chicago Bulls are -120 home favorites against Brooklyn Nets who have EVEN odds.
  • The Brooklyn Nets are on a 5-game win streak while the Bulls have struggled, losing their last two games.
  • The total points for this matchup is set at 216.

CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls are coming off consecutive losses to the Philadelphia 76ers, but are still favored at home against the Brooklyn Nets.

Meanwhile, the Nets are currently on a 5-game win streak.

Sportsbooks set the total points for this game at 216 and both teams have consistently hit the Under. Both teams’ individual point total for this game is set at 107.5. The Over is favored for both, but slightly shorter odds are on Chicago.

The Bulls are also seeing -120 odds to score 20 points first compared to Brooklyn’s -110 at online sportsbooks.

Brooklyn Nets Vs. Chicago Bulls

  • Nets Moneyline: EVEN
  • Bulls Moneyline: -120
  • Spread: Bulls -1
  • Totals: O/U 216

Why The Under Is Likely To Hit

The Bulls average 107.9 PPG this season while allowing 102.7 PPG which is the 8th best in the league. The Nets have a defensive rating of 103 while averaging 106.1 PPG and holding opponents to 103.3 PPG.

The Bulls are 5-4 this season with hitting the Under and the Nets are 7-3 with hitting the Under. Sportsbooks have adjusted, setting their Under to just 216 total points for the game, but these teams could still hit the Under.

Brooklyn has hit the Under twice this season when it was set to less than 216. They scored Under the 210 total set by NBA sportsbooks and Under the 211 total set for their two matchups with the Detroit Pistons.

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The Nets 218 matchup with the Miami Heat ended with the combined total being 199. In fact, Brooklyn games have ended with Under 216 total points scored six of their 10 games played this season.

The Bulls have seen similar results this season, with five of their games ending with Under 216 points scored total.

Both teams have also scored below their individual 107.5 totals in multiple games this season.

Total Points O/U – Brooklyn Nets 107.5

  • Over -120
  • Under -110

The Brooklyn Nets have scored less than 108 points in six games: 104 against the Milwaukee Bucks, 95 against the Charlotte Hornets, 104 against the Washington Wizards, 93 against the Miami Heat, 105 against the Indiana Pacers, and 96 against the Detroit Pistons.

The Charlotte Hornets and the Detroit Pistons have two of the worse defensive ratings in the NBA at 114.5 and 109.0 respectively, so Brooklyn can score few points against even weak defenses.

Total Points O/U – Chicago Bulls 107.5

  • Over -125
  • Under -105

The Bulls have hit Under 107.5 points in six of their nine total games this season. Notably, they scored 94 and 97 in their two games against the Pistons this season.

Which Team Will Cover?

This is likely to be a close game, but with the spread being set at just 1-point with -110 odds on both sides, taking the moneyline, specifically for the Nets, is a safer bet that also pays out more.

The Bulls are 6-3 against the spread this season and 2-2 when they are home favorites. Chicago has the 5th highest margin of victory in the NBA with +5.2 and has a defensive rating of 103.6.

Brooklyn is 5-4 against the spread this season and has not covered when road underdogs. The Nets games are consistently closer than Chicago’s, having a margin of victory of +2.8.

This matchup tips off at 8 p.m. EST and can be watched on NBC and NBA League Pass.