[7:40 PM] Bulls @ Nets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Chicago Bulls (2-0)

@ Brooklyn Nets (1-2)


Current odds:

Chicago Bulls: (-260)

Brooklyn Nets: (+200)


ESPN simulations have Chicago as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Chicago to win as (TBD) underdogs.

The line for this game is Bulls by 6 points.

The Chicago Bulls are not taking as long as expected to come together, but a stretch of 11 road games in the next 14 looms to test the chemistry between Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler and company. The Bulls will kick off that stretch by visiting the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

Chicago was able to fly under the radar a bit in its own city during the first week of the regular season thanks to the Cubs being in the World Series for the first time since 1945, but the fans that stayed on the south side of town and went to the Bulls game on Saturday night saw a team filled with high-priced stars that let reserve forward Doug McDermott take the most shots. McDermott, who had his fourth-year contract option picked up by the team on Friday, buried 5-of-6 from 3-point range en route to a team-high 23 points in the win over Indiana. The strong effort from the bench allowed the starters to rest a bit more, with Butler’s 26 minutes ranking as the most among the starting five.

Brooklyn gave one of its key players a little extra rest on Saturday as well by not even taking center Brook Lopez on the trip for the second night of the back-to-back. The decision was an organizational one aimed at keeping Lopez healthy throughout the season, and the Nets plan to give several players planned days off throughout the season.

Nets G Greivis Vasquez (ankle) left Saturday’s game and is day-to-day.

Rondo is 3-of-14 from the field in the first two games but totaled 22 assists.

Chicago took five of the last seven in the series, including its last three trips to Brooklyn.


StreakSmarts Pick: Chicago Bulls

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick