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Nets vs. Bulls odds, rows, and spread: NBA picks for 2021, based on a 99-64 roll

The Bulls vs. Nets game was simulated 10,000 times using SportsLine's Projection Model.

When the Brooklyn Nets host the Chicago Bulls on Saturday afternoon, they will have their Big Three back in the lineup for the first time in over three months. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden have not played together for the Nets (46-24), who have a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for the Eastern Conference’s second seed with two games left. Brooklyn defeated Chicago 115-107 earlier this week, putting the Bulls out of playoff contention after Washington beat Cleveland on Friday night.

The game will begin at 1 p.m. ET at Barclays Center. Brooklyn is an 11-point favourite in the new Nets vs. Bulls odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The total points over/under is set at 234. Before making any Bulls vs. Nets predictions, check out SportsLine’s validated computer model’s NBA predictions and betting advice.

Over the past two-plus seasons, the SportsLine Projection Model has returned over $9,100 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks by simulating every NBA game 10,000 times.

This season, the model is up over $1,100 on its top-rated picks, and it entered Week 21 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule with a remarkable 99-64 record against the spread dating back to last season. Anyone who has kept up with it has seen massive gains.

The model has now set its sights on the Nets vs. Bulls matchup. You should check out SportsLine’s predictions. Here are some NBA odds and betting patterns for the Bulls vs. Nets matchup:

This season, the model is up over $1,100 on its top-rated picks, and it entered Week 21 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule with a remarkable 99-64 record against the spread dating back to last season. Anyone who has kept up with it has seen massive gains.

The model has now set its sights on the Nets vs. Bulls matchup. You should check out SportsLine’s predictions. Here are some NBA odds and betting patterns for the Bulls vs. Nets matchup:

  • Bulls vs. Nets spread: Nets -11
  • Bulls vs. Nets over-under: 234 points
  • Bulls vs. Nets money line: Nets -800; Bulls +550
  • CHI: The Bulls are 7-7 vs. Atlantic Division foes
  • BKN: The Nets shoot a league-best 49.3 percent

Why the Bulls can cover

Even though Chicago must play less than 16 hours after it was officially eliminated from the playoffs, it still features a potent 1-2 tandem in Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. LaVine missed more than three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 but has been superb since returning to the lineup, averaging 30.0 points over his last four games. He was magnificent in Tuesday’s loss to the Nets, pouring in 41 points and hitting 6 of 11 3-pointers.

Vucevic collected 12 points and as many rebounds against Brooklyn and followed that up with 16 points and 16 boards in Thursday’s victory over Toronto. It was the 10th consecutive double-double for Vucevic, who averaged 21.5 points and 14.6 rebounds during that span. Second-year guard Coby White has scored in double figures in 14 straight games after going for 17 points and 10 assists vs. Toronto, and has hit at least three 3-pointers in six straight.

Why the Nets can cover

Though Durant, Irving and Harding have rarely been on the court together in the four months, they average nearly 79 points between them. Harden was leading the league in assists prior to his injury in early April and showed instant chemistry with former Oklahoma City teammate Durant. In their first three games together since the Jan. 14 trade, Durant averaged 36.7 points while Harden averaged 29.0 points, 12.7 assists and 9.3 rebounds.

Irving had three straight games of at least 30 points before suffering a facial contusion in Tuesday’s win over Chicago, but the Nets are getting contributions from throughout the lineup. Blake Griffin, another midseason addition, is averaging 14.0 points over the past four games while fellow forward Nicolas Claxton has turned in solid back-to-back efforts, shooting 12 of 15 in the last two. Eight players have hit double figures in each of the last two games.

How to make Bulls vs. Nets picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 226 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 70 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.

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