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Tips For Betting On Bulls Nets – Bulls, Nets Clash In Battle For Positioning In Eastern Conference Standings

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/30/2013 5:49:30 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference over the past two weeks. The Chicago Bulls have been just as good. Brooklyn will host a Bulls’ team that also has seven wins in their past 10 games, with just one-half game separating them for third spot in the conference standings. While the Nets technically should have the advantage at home where they have played their best basketball, Chicago has actually posted a better record as the visiting team this sports betting season, including a win at the New York Knicks a week ago Friday.

Chicago Bulls @ Brooklyn Nets
Friday February 1, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
NBA Sportsbook Line: Brooklyn – 2.5

The lone previous meeting between these teams came down to the wire with the Bulls squeezing out the 83-82 home win thanks in big part to some excellent defense and a double-double from Joakim Noah. Noah held his own opposite Brook Lopez in a key matchup, and will need another strong game if Chicago is going to get it done again.

NBA Betting Preview: Chicago Bulls

Noah, Luol Deng, and Marco Belinelli all played key roles at both ends of the floor in that initial meeting, including 19 points from Belinelli and an excellent defensive effort from Deng on Joe Johnson for most of the game. Defense has been the key to the Bulls’ success all year with Derrick Rose sidelined, and the former MVP is set to return soon. Chicago ranks third in the NBA in points allowed this season and sixth in rebounding, while Deng is among a number of players that has helped picked up the slack at the offensive end with a team-high 17.3 points per online sportsbook contest.

NBA Betting Preview: Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn will need to show it can match the Bulls’ intensity at both ends of the floor in this game, as 18 points from Lopez and 24 from Deron Williams wasn’t enough to get the victory the first time around. The Nets have played a much more complete game since PJ Carlesimo took over as head coach, climbing to fifth in the NBA in points allowed. The strong defense has been an overlooked piece in Brooklyn’s turnaround, particularly since Lopez, Williams, and Johnson are recognized as offensive stars. The Nets could also use a boost off the bench from Andray Blatche and Kris Humphries, who have shown flashes of their potential together at times this season.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Round one of this season series went to a hungry Bulls’ team that has fought hard to remain among the top teams in the East even despite the loss of their superstar point guard, and with Rose set to make his season debut in the coming weeks there is even more reason to fear this team’s potential. However, the Nets have improved under Carlesimo since the last meeting and can’t afford another loss to Chicago as they continue to jockey for position, so look for a stronger Brooklyn team to bounce back with a better effort the second time around.

NBA Betting Pick: Brooklyn Nets

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