Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls NBA Picks & Predictions 1/6/2019
Sunday, January 6, 2019
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The Brooklyn Nets travel to United Center to play the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, January 6, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Brooklyn as 2.5 point favorites.
The Nets head into this matchup with a mark of 19-21. They are 4th in the Atlantic Division. They have a point differential of -0.8 as they average 111.0 points per contest while giving up 111.7 per game. The Bulls have an overall record of 10-29 this season. They are 4th in the Central Division. They average 100.4 points per game and surrender 109.6, good for a point differential of -9.3.
Valuable Brooklyn Nets Betting Trends
The Brooklyn Nets are 20-19-0 against the spread
The Brooklyn Nets are 19-19-0 against the over/under
Important Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 18-19-1 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 12-26-0 against the over/under
Key Brooklyn Nets Injuries
12/31/18 SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Groin is out indefinitely
11/12/18 G Caris LeVert Foot is out indefinitely
01/02/19 G Allen Crabbe Knee is out indefinitely
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
12/20/18 F Bobby Portis Ankle is out indefinitely
10/20/18 G Denzel Valentine Ankle is out for season
01/05/19 G Wayne Seldon Quad is upgraded to probable Sunday vs Brooklyn
D'Angelo Russell comes into this contest averaging 18.2 points per game while playing 29.5 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 81%. Spencer Dinwiddie averages 17.4 points per game in 28.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.2 assists per contest and 2.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Lauri Markkanen averages 17.6 points per game while playing 31.1 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 7.5 rebounds per game and has 1.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 81%. Zach Lavine averages 23.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.5 rebounds per contest and 4.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Useful Team Statistics
Brooklyn averages 111.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 18th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 7th in the league. They average 45.1 rebounds per game and 23.7 assists per game, which ranks them 16th and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 15th with 14.3 per game. The Nets allow 111.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 21st in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 23rd and 15th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.1 rebounds a game which ranks 12th and they give up 22.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago is 30th in the league with 100.4 points per game this year. They are 26th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -9.3. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 21st in the NBA. They are 27th in the league in rebounding with 41.5 boards per game, and 26th in assists per contest with 21.6. The Bulls are 7th in turnovers per game with 14.7. The Bulls surrender 109.6 points per contest, which ranks them 14th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 14th and 14th in those defensive statistics. They rank 17th with 24.2 assists allowed per contest and 27th with 47.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Bulls are 14th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.7 per game.
The Nets are 12th in the league in defensive rating with 112.2, and their offensive rating of 111.4 is ranked 21st. They are 22nd in the NBA in pace with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 14th. As a unit they are 13th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 6th in the NBA. Brooklyn is 9th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 12th in the NBA.
Chicago is 5th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 13th in the league. The Bulls are 30th in the NBA in offensive rating with 101.2, and their defensive rating of 110.6 is ranked 18th. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 27th. As a team they are 27th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shots, ranking 24th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Nets/Bulls NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago +2.5
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