Here's our expert pick for tonight when the powerful Chicago Bulls (5-2) welcome in the weak Detroit Pistons (2-4). While Chicago has been prospering, the Pistons have been losing.
Tip-off is set for 8:00 pm ET tonight at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. While many people saw the Chicago Bears get crushed by the Green Bay Packers, I don't expect the same from Chicago's basketball team which features some new pieces.
Bookmaker Sportsbook lists the Bulls as a 9.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is 191.5
Detroit is coming off of a disappointing 1 point loss to the young Utah Jazz at home in their last game. Do the Pistons have anything left or is their confidence completely gone?
Who's the Leader?
It's quite apparent that Josh Smith, who is filled with talent, is just not going to pan out as a Piston since his career with the Atlanta Hawks.
Smith is an inconsistent, but very athletic player that has a low basketball I.Q. In other words, he puts up bad shots and doesn't work well in a team oriented setting. Nevertheless, Detroit will still take Smith's 14 points and 8 rebounds per game as he's capable of putting up 30 points at any given time.
One acquistion of the past that could possibly work out well for the Pistons is Brandon Jennings. Jennings has been battling it out with D.J. Augustin for the starting point guard position and his numbers tell the story. When given the playing time, Jennings is a major asset to the Pistons squad.
In his last game, he got the time and had a 23 point effort in the Pistons loss to Utah. Basically, the Pistons know that they're going to get a consistent blue collar effort from power forward Greg Monroe and they need a "face" for this club that they can count on to show up close to 82 games per season. Brandon Jennings is the man if Augustin doesn't get in the way.
Before placing your NBA pick here, remember the Pistons don't have the proper personnel to match up with the Chicago Bulls, especially at the United Center. Although the Bulls defense isn't what it used to be, they got rid of dead weight in Carlos Boozer and got a stud in Pau Gasol; a player that has won 2 NBA Championships throughout his illustrious career.
A Tragic Story For a Former NBA MVP
Derrick Rose has proven that he can be one of the best players in the league, but unfortunately for him and the fans, his body is failing him for yet another season. Rose is listed as questionable for this game, but I wouldn't expect head coach Tom Thibideau to take any chances with this superstar in risk of setting him back yet another season.
On the bright side, players like Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler have been outstanding for the Bulls. Gibson is fighting his way to get a starting role on this team, but is still putting up huge numbers and making timely hoops. Butler is another reason why the Bulls are such an imposing basketball squad. He's getting the playing time and averaging nearly 20 points a game on 50% shooting from the field while grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game and shoveling out 3.8 assists per game.
Jimmy Butler or Pau Gasol could be named the MVP of this team, but Butler is the breakout star as Gasol is more established.
A New Home
We knew that Pau Gasol would flourish once he left the mess known as the Los Angeles Lakers, but most people didn't know that he would play this well.
Gasol has had a major impact on this team with his experience, averaging 18.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. For all of you who though that Gasol was washed up, you were wrong. With a healthy Derrick Rose and Gasol in the middle, the Bulls have the potential to be a contender for the NBA Championship.
I don't see the Pistons having any chance of dealing with the Bulls. If they couldn't beat Utah at home, they surely will get pummeled by the Bulls on the road. Lay the points as the Bulls win by double figures.
Free NBA Pick: Chicago Bulls -9.5 at Bookmaker