Pistons vs. Bulls
At the moment, Chicago is a big favorite on their own floor against the lowly Pistons. The NBA odds have been set at -9 in favor of the bulls and action has moved the O/U up a half point to 187.
There haven't been many teams, if any, that are doing as poorly as the Pistons. They've really been in a bad place lately.
Ahead of tonight's game, Detroit has gone 1-13 SU over their last 14 contests, with their only win coming on the road (by a point) against Charlotte.
Friday did not go well for the Pistons whatsoever, as they lost by 17 at home versus Toronto. They had been favored by 1.5 points before tipoff, but shot a miserable 40.8 percent from the floor, as opposed to the Raptors and their 53.7 percent shooting.
Greg Monroe had 11 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, but shot just 3-of-11 from the floor. Andre Drummond, as usual, was extremely efficient, scoring 17 points with four boards, two steals and two blocks in close to 19 minutes.
The Pistons obviously were nowhere near an ATS cover, and they're now 5-12 ATS over their last 17 games overall. Can they buck that trend in the Windy City?
After ending Miami's 27-game winning streak at home, the Bulls could not notch their fourth straight victory on the road against Dallas last night.
It was a heartbreaking defeat for Chicago, considering they were leading practically the whole game, only to lose on a last-second three by Dirk Nowitzki. In the end, the Bulls lost 100-98 without the likes of Joakim Noah and Marco Bellinelli available.
Luol Deng picked up right where he left off from the win over the Heat, recording 25 points and seven rebounds. Carlos Boozer had 25 ponits and 11 boards and Nate Robinson was a perfect 7-of-7 from beyond the arc in a 25-point effort.
Despite the losing SU effort, the Bulls covered for the fourth straight game and are now 6-1 against the spread over their previous seven.
Moreover, Chicago has put up a 5-2 ATS record in their last seven at home, while cashing in five straight contests versus Eastern Conference opponents.
Before we get to our pick, let's get one thing out of the way. You've got to make sure you're up-to-date with the injuries for both teams. There are quite a few to keep track of.
The Pistons are without Will Bynum and Corey Maggette indefinitely, while Charlie Villanueva is questionable and Brandon Knight is doubtful. For Chicago, Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton are obviously out, while Joakim Noah and Marco Bellinelli are considered questionable to suit up tonight.
Chicago has been doing just fine with continuous injuries throughout the season and we feel they're the side worth taking with your sports picks. The Pistons have been a complete disaster, so we're finding it incredibly difficult to have any faith in them regardless of how many points they're getting from NBA oddsmakers.
With the Bulls at 5-0 ATS over their last five when playing on no days of rest, we're backing the home team to cover for this free NBA pick.