Bulls vs. Nets NBA Odds, Preview and Prediction

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Nicolas Claxton #33 of the Brooklyn Nets dunks. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

The Nets will welcome the Bulls to Barclays Center as they look to hold off Chicago and maintain their lead in first place in the East.

Will the Nets capitalize on home-court advantage? Let’s dive into some NBA odds for tonight!

Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets

Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 08:00 PM EST at Barclays Center

A lot of the time, newly put together teams like the Bulls are usually overhyped before the season. Then the season comes around and the overhyped team struggles and doesn’t have much success. However, the Bulls have been everything everyone could’ve hoped. The Bulls are bringing competition into the East and are now 15-8 on the season.

Meanwhile, the Nets are holding their ground with a 16-6 record in the East. Don’t blink yet but there’s a really great chance that both of these two teams play in the Eastern Conference Championship. But we’ve got a long season to go. The Chicago Bulls are scoring 112 points per 100 possessions this season while shooting an effective field goal percentage of 53.6 percent.

Chicago has also limited turnovers at 13.4 percent and has been getting to the line at a solid rate. Meanwhile, rebounding on the offensive glass hasn’t been Chicago’s strength, as the Bulls are 26th in the league in offensive rebounding percentage. The Bulls are currently led by newly acquired guard, DeMar Derozan, who is scoring 26.3 points per game this year on nearly 50 percent from the field.

Defensively, the Bulls have also been above average, holding teams to just 107 points per 100 possessions. Teams are shooting an effective field goal percentage of 52.2 percent, however, the Bulls make up for that by forcing turnovers. The Bulls have forced 16.1 percent of turnovers this season while limiting offensive rebounds to just 24.6 percent. The Bulls will give up plenty of fouls and the Nets are the one team that can get to the line at will.

Zach LaVine #8 of the Bulls shoots the ball against Ja Morant #12 of the Grizzlies. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images/AFP

The Nets are first in the nation in free throw rate and are shooting an effective field goal percentage of 54.8 percent. Brooklyn is also scoring 111.6 points per 100 possessions and are average in limiting turnovers on the year.

While the Nets get to the line, Brooklyn struggles with earning any kind of second chances on the offensive glass. Defensively, the Nets have held opponents to an effective field goal percentage of 49.3 percent and just 106.9 points per 100 possessions. The Nets won’t force many turnovers, which works in favor of the Bulls, but they’ll have success holding opponents off the glass as the Bulls rarely get second chance opportunities.

Expert Prediction

The Nets are holding opponents to a 49.3 percent effective field goal percentage and while Brooklyn isn’t the best at holding teams off the glass, they’ll have an easier time against the Bulls. Meanwhile, the Nets get to the line at an extremely high rate while the Bulls foul at an extremely high rate.

The Nets are also shooting a very high effective field goal percentage of 54.8 percent, so despite not being able to earn second chances, the Nets are already getting good shots as it is. I’ll take the Nets -3 at home here for my NBA pick.

NBA Pick: Nets -3 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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