Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions, NBA Expert Picks 3/8/2020
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn -7.5
Barclays Center is the site where Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets (28-34, 4th in the Atlantic Division) will play the Chicago Bulls (21-42, 3rd in the Central Division) on Sunday. Chicago opens this game as 7.5 point dogs. The O/U opens at 218.5.
The Bulls cover the spread 43.5% of the time, having gone 27-35-1 ATS. Brooklyn is covering 48.4% of the time, going 30-32-0 against the spread.
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
03/06/20 PG Zach LaVine Quad is questionable Sunday vs Brooklyn
02/27/20 PF Luke Kornet Ankle is out 6-8 weeks
02/21/20 SF Chandler Hutchison Shoulder is out indefinitely
02/04/20 PG Kris Dunn Knee is out indefinitely
Key Brooklyn Nets Injuries
10/19/19 SF Kevin Durant Achilles is out indefinitely
03/06/20 SG Garrett Temple Ankle is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
02/20/20 PG Kyrie Irving Shoulder is out for season
Coby White comes into this contest averaging 13.0 points per game while playing 25.4 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 39% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 79%. Thaddeus Young averages 10.2 points per game in 24.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 assists per contest and 4.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 59%.
Spencer Dinwiddie averages 20.5 points per game while playing 31.1 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.5 rebounds per game and has 6.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is at 77%. Joe Harris averages 13.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.0 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.4 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 73%.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago averages 106.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.2 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 24th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 23rd in the league. They average 42.0 rebounds per game and 23.2 assists per game, which ranks them 29th and 23rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 4th with 15.5 per game. The Bulls allow 110.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 14th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 27th and 16th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.6 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 25.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 18.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Brooklyn is 18th in the league with 110.9 points per game this year. They are 26th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -0.7. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 25th in the NBA. They are 2nd in the league in rebounding with 48.5 boards per game, and 16th in assists per contest with 24.1. The Nets are 6th in turnovers per game with 15.4. The Nets surrender 111.6 points per contest, which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 11th in those defensive statistics. They rank 3rd with 22.4 assists allowed per contest and 23rd with 46.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Nets are 4th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.7 per game.
The Bulls are 27th in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.7, and their defensive rating of 109.9 is ranked 14th. In terms of pace they are 16th in the league with 99.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 24th. As a team they are 26th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 11th in the league. Chicago is 4th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 55%, which is 4th in the league.
Brooklyn is 11th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 27th in the league. The Nets are 23rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 108.1, and their defensive rating of 108.8 is ranked 8th. In terms of pace they are 10th in the league with 101.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 23rd. As a team they are 25th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 5th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Nets NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago +7.5
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