The Detroit Pistons are ending their season with a four-game homestand at Little Caesars Arena starting with the Chicago Bulls. With that said, it’s time to continue our NBA odds series and make a Bulls-Pistons prediction and pick.
The Bulls are on a two-game winning streak for a record of 28-39 and the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference as they try to make a late push for a spot in the play-in tournament. Meanwhile, the Pistons have only won two of their last ten games en route to the 15th seed or last seed in the Eastern Conference and a record of 20-48.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening Bulls-Pistons odds.
NBA Odds: Bulls-Pistons Odds
Chicago Bulls -9 (-113)
Detroit Pistons +9 (-107)
Over 218.5 Points (-110)
Under 218.5 Points(-110)
Why The Bulls Could Cover The Spread
Bulls’ Injury Report: Daniel Theis (questionable) and Troy Brown Jr. (out)
The Bulls are looking from just outside the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference and are looking to make a run as the end of the season nears.
Lavine is averaging a career-best, 27.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game for the season while Vucevic is averaging 22.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game for the season. The two are shooting incredibly efficiently at 50 percent from the field and above 40 percent from behind the three-point line.
Fortunately for the Bulls, the Pistons are dealing with a whole lot of injuries, and even before then, they were not the best offensive or defensive team in the league.
That said, the key for Coach Donovan’s team to cover the spread on Sunday against the Pistons will be to come into the game with the same energy that they would against any other opponent and to not give this Piston team any hope or confidence.
Why The Pistons Could Cover The Spread
Injury Report: Dennis Smith Jr. (out), Jerami Grant (questionable), Mason Plumlee (out), Wayne Ellington (out), Josh Jackson (out), Hamidou Diallo (out), Cory Joseph (out), Rodney McGruder (out).
The Pistons’ season is more or less over as they are no longer contenders for a spot in the play-in tournament.
Despite that fact, Dwane Casey’s squad holds the 5th worse offense and the 12th worse defense in the entire association.
Expect these ratings to take a dip as the Pistons will be without their leading scorer and main offensive weapon, Grant, who is averaging 22.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game.
Offensively, the Pistons will need their main rotation players including Josh Jackson, Saddiq Bey, and Delon Wright to step up and fill the production missing with Grant.
Luckily the Bulls are not the best offensive team either but they do have two All-Stars in Lavine and Vucevic that the Pistons will need to account for which is the key for them to cover the spread.
Final Bulls-Pistons Prediction & Pick
With the number of injuries that the Pistons are dealing with and the fact that they were never a great offensive or defensive team to begin with, the Bulls should cruise to an easy victory consider the fact that they are chasing a spot in the play-in tournament as well. For this reason, the Bulls should pick up a critical win and their third straight victory.
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION & PICK FOR BULLS-PISTONS: CHI 112, DET 96 (CHI -9)