Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets Prediction, NBA Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Feb 09, 2023

The post-Kevin Durant era in Brooklyn begins on Thursday night, when the Nets play host to the Chicago Bulls.

February 09, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
Barclays Center
Pointspread -2.5 -115
Moneyline -149
Over / Under o +227.5


Betting Action


Pointspread +2.5 -105
Moneyline +124
Over / Under u +227.5


Betting Action


Just days after shipping disgruntled star Kyrie Irving to Dallas, the Nets pulled the trigger on another blockbuster trade on Wednesday, sending Durant to the Phoenix Suns in a mammoth deal that will bring Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, and four first-round picks to Brooklyn. The Bulls visit the new-look Nets after falling 104-89 in Memphis on Tuesday, which marks their fifth loss in seven road contests.

Despite lingering uncertainty as to who will be in the lineup on Thursday, the Nets have maintained their edge as slim 1-point home favourites, while the total is pegged at 228.5.

Bulls vs. Nets NBA Betting Odds

Thursday night’s matchup at Barclays Center marks the third of four regular season meetings between these Eastern Conference rivals. The Bulls claimed victory by nine points in each of their two previous dates with the Nets earlier this season, including a 108-99 win in Brooklyn on November 1, and have now topped the Nets in four of their past five clashes. The Bulls have also enjoyed steady success at the sportsbook when facing Brooklyn, going 8-5 against the spread in their past 13 overall matchups and covering in five of their past seven trips to Brooklyn. Low scoring has been a recurring theme when these teams meet, with the UNDER going 8-1 over their past nine tilts.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls’ road woes continued with Tuesday’s loss to the Grizzlies. Chicago shooters mustered just 14 first-quarter points while surrendering an early double-digit lead. And while they managed to make things close with an impressive third-quarter rally, that momentum quickly evaporated during a 20-5 run by Memphis in the final frame that sealed the win. Losers by double-digit margins in two of their past three road dates, the Bulls arrive in Brooklyn hampered by injuries that could limit their ability to take advantage of the Nets’ current upheaval. In addition to missing Lonzo Ball, who remains sidelined indefinitely by a knee injury, Chicago could also be without DeMar DeRozan on Thursday as he battles through a hip injury, DeRozan has yet to miss recent action due to the injury but has topped 20 points just once in his past four outings.

Brooklyn Nets

With the ink not yet dry on Wednesday night’s blockbuster trade, it remains unclear if the newest members of the Nets will be in the lineup for Thursday’s contest. However, the biggest addition from the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Dallas earlier this week is expected to make his debut. Veteran point guard Spencer Dinwiddie arrives in Brooklyn in the wake of a steady 25-point performance against Golden State in his last outing with the Mavericks last weekend, and has now averaged 25.8 points over his past five outings and 17.7 points per game on the season. Regardless of whoever else suits up, all eyes will be on Cam Thomas as he looks to extend his date with history. With 43 points in the Nets’ 116-112 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday night, Thomas became the youngest player in NBA history to record 40 points in three straight games.

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