The Brooklyn Nets (34-24) are fifth in the Eastern Conference and are coming off a win against the Miami Heat (116-105) in their previous outing.
After a big trade involving the transfers of Kyrie Irwing and Kevin Durant, the new lineup had the responsibility of maintaining the same level. Mikal Bridges exploded on the court that night to produce a 45-point performance, including 8 rebounds and 5 assists, leading his team to an 11-point victory.
Cam Thomas came off the bench and scored 19 points in the win. They will now take on the Chicago Bulls (26-33) next, who are eleventh in the East and are on a disappointing six-game losing streak, and suffered a defeat against the Milwaukee Bucks (112-100) in their last outing.
This was the Bulls’ 13th home defeat of the season. Nikola Vucevic was the leading scorer for the team with 22 points, followed by Zach LaVine, who scored 18 points in the loss. Despite Giannis playing only nine minutes of the game, the Bulls could not hold back the Bucks as Brook Lopez stepped up to score 33 points along with Jevon Carter, who contributed 22 points. The Bulls now have a tough task if they are to qualify for the playoffs.
Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls: Match Details
Fixture: Brooklyn Nets @ Chicago Bulls
Date & Time: Friday, February 24, 08:00 p.m ET
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls: Injury Report
There is a big contrast in the injury list of both teams at the moment. On one side only Ben Simmons is out for the Nets with a knee injury.
On the other hand, the Bulls have a number of injuries. Demar DeRozan is probable due to a quadriceps problem whereas Derrick Jones Jr. is also probable with a thigh problem. Alex Caruso is probable due to a foot problem and Goran Dragic is probable as well due to a knee injury. Jevonte Green is out until mid-March with a knee injury and Lonzo Ball is already out of the season with a knee injury.
Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls: Injury List
|Ben Simmons||Brooklyn Nets||Out||Knee|
|Demar DeRozan||Chicago Bulls||Probable||Quadriceps|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||Chicago Bulls||Probable||Thigh|
|Alex Caruso||Chicago Bulls||Probable||Foot|
|Goran Dragic||Chicago Bulls||Probable||Knee|
|Jevonte Green||Chicago Bulls||Out||Knee|
|Lonzo Ball||Chicago Bulls||Out||Knee|
Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls: Betting Odds
|Brooklyn Nets||+105||+1.5 (-110)||O 225.5 (-110)|
|Chicago Bulls||-125||-1.5 (-110)||U 225.5 (-110)|
Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls: Starting 5s
Nets: F Cameron Johnson, F Dorian Finney-Smith, C Nic Claxton, G Mikal Bridges, G Spencer Dinwiddie
Bulls: F Zach LaVine, F Demar DeRozan, C Nikola Vucevic, G Patrick Williams, G Ayo Dosunmu
Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls: Betting Prediction
The two teams have already faced each other three times this season and the Bulls have a 2-1 lead. They have the home advantage tonight and will try to make it 3-1. However, their recent form has been terrible, 3-7 in their last ten.
On the other hand, the Nets are 5-5 in their last ten and will look to take their revenge even though they are away from home tonight. Their away record is on the positive side at 16-13. Two of their last three games in this encounter have crossed the total mark. Expect an entertaining contest tonight.