Our expert handicapper explores tonight's matchup between the Detroit Pistons and Chicago bulls. Join us in this betting preview article to find out which team will be his NBA pick.
Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls 8:05 ET ESPN
The Detroit Pistons travel to Chicago for an 8:05 ET start, as televised by ESPN. It is a matchup of division rivals that has a history that strongly favors Chicago on the NBA odds. These two rivals have met 3 times already this season. The home team has gone 3-0 SA with Detroit winning 107-91 and 100-91 in Motown, while Chicago recorded a 102-91 victory as 9 point home chalk at this United Center floor. Chicago has not lost a season series to the Pistons in nearly 10 years. In regular season play, Chicago is on a run of 28-7 SU vs. Detroit. That includes a mark of 16-1 SU on their home court. This 4th and final game of the season series, finds Chicago playing with double revenge for those 2 most recent losses to Detroit. It was the March 21st most recent meeting between these two that will be foremost in the minds of the Bulls. In that 107-91 loss, Chicago was outscored 54-19 in the final 20 minutes of the game.
As if that double revenge motive is not enough, consider that Chicago was on a 5-1 SU ATS run, averaging 105 PPG on 49% shooting, prior to a 95-91 loss vs. Milwaukee on Wednesday. They cruised into the 4th quarter with a 4 point lead, before being outscored 25-17 in the final stanza. Now, Chicago returns home where they have covered 6 of the last 7 games on the home floor of the United Center. Key to the late season resurgence by Chicago has been a defense that, in the last 10 games, has allowed opponents to shoot just 40% from the field. The Bulls are currently tied with the Raptors for the 3rd spot in the East. Claiming that position would mean they will face Milwaukee in their 1st Round series rather than Washington.
Detroit is far down the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 29-46, good for 12th place. After showing signs of hope in mid-season, Detroit fortunes have taken a nosedive the last 2 months, since PG Brandon Jennings injured his Achilles and is out for the season. Of equal importance is the fact that Greg Monroe, Detroit’s best interior player, is expected to miss this contest with a knee injury.
All the motivation in this game falls to Chicago, the superior team. They have double revenge (including the embarrassing loss the last time these teams met), along with the bounce back motivation of their loss to Milwaukee, Wednesday night. Combined with their preference for 3rd place in the standings, the Bulls should record a double digit victory this evening. More importantly, they don’t figure to take their foot off the gas, which is why I'm taking them with my NBA picks.
NBA Pick: Take Chicago Bulls -8