NBA betting action continues on Saturday night from Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Nets will host the Chicago Bulls in a battle on the NBA betting odds. Don’t miss out on this one, which should be a great clash. The NBA television schedule shows this 8:00 ET tip happening on ESPN.
Free Basketball Picks: Chicago Bulls @ Brooklyn Nets
Date: Saturday, April 20th, 8:00 ET
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
NBA Betting Odds: Nets -4.5
Bulls vs. Nets Live TV: ESPN
The Bulls and the Nets are two very evenly matched teams on paper. They both play tremendous defense, both have the ability to really play well in the half court on both sides of the ball, and both have had some underachieving players that, if they step up to play, could take them from likely pretenders to legitimate contenders for the NBA title. For Chicago, someone has to really step it up in the backcourt. The whole offense can’t run through the bigs in the middle. F Luol Deng is the closest thing to a pure jump shooter that they have, and that isn’t going to cut it. The point guard and shooting guard positions really need to improve. We’ve known for quite some time that the Nets don’t have a legitimate No. 4 on the court for the most part, but we didn’t know that F Gerald Wallace, a swing forward, was going to have such a woeful season. That being said, we are now in the playoffs, and this is the time that G Derrick Rose really would have needed to shine for Chicago to be a threat. He still isn’t back in the lineup after tearing his ACL almost a full year ago, and that’s going to be a huge detriment to the team. Brooklyn’s guards are just too good to be stopped, and we think that both G Joe Johnson and G Deron Williams are going to have big time days when push comes to shove to give the Nets the 1-0 series lead.
Bulls @ Nets Game 1 Pick: Brooklyn Nets -4.5
Bulls @ Nets Game 1 Prediction: Brooklyn 97 – Chicago 90