April 4, 2013

Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick

Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets

Date/Time: April 4th, 7:00 pm EST

Television: TNT

Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Brooklyn -5

Total: 184.5

The Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls are both fighting hard to get into the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and the two will meet on Thursday night with the number of days dwindling in the NBA betting campaign.

Chicago is the team that is really in need right now. The Bulls are in sixth place right now, and if they lose this game, they’ll pretty much be resigned to the fact that they’ll have to start off the postseason on the road. Winning though, would really make things tight between Chicago, Brooklyn, and the Atlanta Hawks, who are fighting for No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 in the East. The injury list is really adding up for Head Coach Tom Thibodeau this week, and it is going to be tough for his squad to go on the road and claim victory in this game. C Joakim Noah has a foot injury that has cost him the last six games, while G Marco Belinelli has a stomach injury that has cost him the last five. Now, on top of these two and the long term injuries to G Derrick Rose and G Richard Hamilton, F Taj Gibson has a sprained knee and isn’t expected to play.

Brooklyn isn’t exactly a team that is strongly built right now either. F Gerald Wallace, who has been a major disappointment this season, has a foot injury that forced him to miss Wednesday’s game with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s a question mark as to whether he is going to be able to play in this one. G Joe Johnson has missed five straight games as well with swollen quadriceps, but he is expected to come back to the Nets’ lineup tonight. Fortunately for Brooklyn, G Deron Williams has really stepped it up. He helped the team through this recent eight game road trip by averaging 21.3 points and 7.9 assists per game, and if he had done any worse, the team would have done significantly worse than the 5-3 SU and ATS that it managed on the roadie. C Brook Lopez had some major games in that stretch as well, including when he scored 38 points and ripped down 11 boards against the Dallas Mavericks and when he scored 27 points against the Utah Jazz.

Prediction:

The Bulls just don’t look to be in great shape right now, and we have a hard time picturing that a team that is legitimately missing five starter-caliber players is going to be able to go on the road and win this important of a game. We like the Nets in this spot to come out swinging and put the Bulls out of reach in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Brooklyn 96 – Chicago 87

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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