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Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in NBA Basketball

Dec 3, 2021 · 8:33 PM PST

DeMar DeRozan shooting in the lane
Dec 2, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (4) and guard Evan Fournier (13) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Bulls face the Nets at the Barclays Center on Saturday, December 4th
  • Brooklyn is a 3-point home favorite
  • Find the odds, preview, and prediction below

It’s a battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference as the Chicago Bulls finish up their NY road trip against the surging Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, December 4th at The Barclays Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8pm ET.

Chicago took down the Knicks on Thursday night as DeMar DeRozan dropped a game-high 34 points in the win. The Nets, on the other hand, beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Bulls vs Nets Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total Points
Chicago Bulls +3 (-110) +130 Ov 220.5 (-108)
Brooklyn Nets -3 (-110) -154 Un 220.5 (-112)

Odds as of December 3rd at Fanduel.

The Bulls are 15-8 ATS this season, while the Nets have gone 8-12-1 overall ATS. Chicago already took care of Brooklyn on home court in November, winning 118-95.

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Chicago Making it Rain Lately

The Bulls have won back-to-back contests against the Hornets then Knicks and in the process, they’ve shot over 40% from downtown. Chicago’s three-point shooting has actually been one of their most lethal weapons as a whole this season, sitting fourth in the NBA with a 37% clip.

It wasn’t easy at Madison Square Garden as New York went toe-to-toe with Billy Donovan’s squad. But, the Bulls managed to pull out a 119-115 win. DeRozan led the way once again as he continues to shine with his new team, putting up 34 while shooting an impressive 12-for-19 from the field.

Zach LaVine was also in his bag, adding 27 points, seven boards, and five assists. The superstar duo is both ranked within the top 10 in scoring.

Although Lonzo Ball had a relatively quiet night, it was a pleasant surprise to see Nikola Vucevic show out. The big man, who recently returned from a bout with COVID-19, really made his presence felt, scoring 27.

He was also hot from long range, shooting 5-for-9. It’s been a rather slow start for him with this new-look Chicago squad, but he is averaging 28.5 points in his last two games, which is definitely a positive for the Bulls.

The rest of the rotation struggled to get going, but DeRozan came up very clutch at the best possible time, collecting 18 of his points in the fourth quarter alone.

In fact, DeRozan, LaVine, and Vucevic were the only Chicago players to score in the final period. Heading into Saturday’s contest, the Bulls are an impressive 8-4 on the road.

However, Javonte Green is out due to health and safety protocols, while Alex Caruso is questionable with hamstring soreness. If the former Lakers guard is sidelined, that will be a huge blow against an electric Nets offense because he is one of their best defenders and brings unmatched energy on both ends.

Nets Need to Clean it up Defensively

Brooklyn might’ve pulled out a 110-105 victory over Minnesota in the first game of a back-to-back on Friday, but it wasn’t pretty. The Nets were sluggish out of the gate, getting outscored 34-27 in the opening quarter and giving the Timberwolves far too many easy baskets.

In fact, Brooklyn’s defense was poor for most of the night. Anthony Edwards and Co. were having their way offensively because of the clear scoring lanes and open looks they were getting. However, Steve Nash’s squad did clean it up in crunch time, with Minny struggling to get buckets in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant once again had a big night, draining 30 points and hitting several crucial shots down the stretch. James Harden also showed out, scoring 20 and dishing out nine dimes. The Nets sunk just 26% of their threes though, with the offense resorting to mid-range and high-percentage looks at the rim.

Overall, Brooklyn needs to be a lot better on both ends against Chicago. This is a team that is much better offensively than Minnesota and with the way they’re playing right now, it could get out of hand if the Nets don’t bring more intensity from the get-go.

Bulls vs Nets Prediction

Brooklyn wasn’t impressive on Friday. The Timberwolves didn’t even have one of their best players in Karl-Anthony Towns either, yet they still took Nash’s group to the brink.

The Bulls, meanwhile, are firing on all cylinders right now. I expect them to roll into The Barclays Center and show out against the Nets, with DeRozan and LaVine leading the way.

Pick: Chicago Bulls moneyline (+130)

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