The Chicago Bulls currently lead the Eastern Conference standings and return home to face the rebuilding Detroit Pistons who knocked out the Utah Jazz 126-116 last night in Detroit.
In Chicago’s first straight game with the Brooklyn Nets arriving in town tomorrow, can they take care of business against their old rivals?
Let’s start by looking at the odds via WynnBET sports betting.
Chicago aren’t a great team for rebounds, but rather rely on their ability to strike from a distance, which they do as well as anyone. They lead the entire NBA in three-point shooting percentage at 38.5%. Lonzo Ball cooked in a supporting role, reaching 41.8% of his three, but it’s DeMar DeRozan who plays at MVP level. DeRozan is averaging 26.4 points, 5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 0.9 steals per game.
Detroit, on the other hand, has not been good. They are the second worst in the NBA with 101.6 points per game and are 22nd in defense at 110.6. There’s a mismatch written all over it, but Detroit has been playing surprisingly well lately, including wiping out a 22-point deficit to knock out Utah Jazz on Monday night.
Javonte Green will be absent in this game for the Bulls, which is no small feat. He averaged 22.2 minutes per game, has a defensive rating of 109.4 and a +/- of +97. He is a contributor to this team. The Bulls are coming off a loss on the road, and they’re just 6-4 ATS after this year’s losses.
No, I’m not encouraging you to bet Detroit will win this game, but I think there’s a good chance they can cover a wide gap.