Spread: Chicago Bulls (-4.5)
Money Line: DET (+145) | CHI (-165)
Tip-Off: 7:00 PM CT
Analysis and Best Bet
After their initial games were canceled, the NBA decided to add this matchup to the slate. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season. Both teams are coming off impressive victories as the Pistons defeated the Pelicans and the Bulls defeated the Pacers in OT. Neither team is above .500 (Pistons are 8-19 and Bulls are 11-15), and this is going to be a good divisional clash.
The Bulls got a boost with the return of Wendell Carter Jr. after he missed 11 games due to injury. He fell one rebound shy of a double-double, but still scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action. It’s good to have WCJ back. Per usual, Zach LaVine led the team in scoring (30) and drained a clutch three to force the Pacers game into OT. Let’s hope he makes the All-Star game. Chicago also outrebounded Indiana 60-47 and grabbed five more offensive rebounds (13 to 8) which definitely shifted the tables.
Detroit has been in a limbo lately. They traded away Derrick Rose, and now, Blake Griffin is next. Griffin will not be playing another game for Detroit as they are looking for trade suitors or a buyout. Nevertheless, Detroit is on somewhat of a roll, winning three out of their last five. And they’ve beaten very respectable teams such as the Pelicans, Celtics, and Nets. Jerami Grant (23.0 PPG and 5.4 REB), Mason Plumlee (10.2 PPG and 8.9 REB), a resurgent Josh Jackson (13.0 PPG), and Delon Wright (10.4 PPG, 4.7 REB, and 4.9 AST) have played very well for Detroit. Especially Grant who left Denver for a bigger offensive role, has shown he is more than capable of leading a team.
I think this game will be a very close one. I’m not counting out the Pistons because of their solid stretch of play. The young players are stepping up in the absence of many veterans. Nonetheless, I’m going to be placing a couple of bets tonight. For one, I’m taking the Bulls money line at -165 for one unit. My other is the over on 221.5 points. It’s time to right my betting ship.