Detroit Pistons vs Chicago Bulls betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA Paris Games on NBA TV. It promises to be a thrilling encounter between the Pistons and Bulls as they meet up in Paris for their 2nd regular season clash this season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Detroit has actually dropped the last 12 meetings against the Bulls, so Pistons fans are hoping to finally end one of the longest lasting streaks in today’s NBA. They come into tonight’s game after scoring just 104 and 110 points in their last 2 outings, both losses against the Knicks and Pelicans.
Their hopes will lie in the hands of Bojan Bogdanovic, their leading scorer who is averaging 21.2 points per game. Bogey has been in stellar form lately scoring 20 or more points in 8 straight games. With quite a few injured players at the moment, he will need to step up offensively vs a Bulls team he already has a 20 point game against this season.
The Bulls come into this game with a ton of optimism after their big home win over the defending champions Warriors 132-118. They got 43 points and 13 rebounds from their center Nikola Vucevic, one of those rare match-ups where having a center really paid off. Zach LaVine also chipped in 27 points, overcoming the absence of DeMar DeRozan who missed the game with a quad injury.
DeMar is expected to suit up tonight, however it is unknown in which capacity as he probably doesn’t want to risk re-aggravating this injury. The Bulls have covered the spread in 6 of the last 7 meetings with Chicago, they are also 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs Eastern Conference. Aside from DeRozan, the list of injuries at Chicago isn’t all that big thankfully. Even Lonzo Ball has been seen practicing with a basketball, so we might see him come back in the 2nd part of the season.
Bulls are 7-point favorites here, but I have a feeling we might see a fairly close game. After all this game is being played in Paris and both teams will want to put on a show for the fans in Europe. If we have a close game, Chicago is way more equipped to win in the clutch, but the huge spread benefits Detroit. Back the Pistons and the extra points.
Detroit Pistons vs Chicago Bulls Predictions & Odds
A total of 250 points were scored in the 1st meeting of the season in Chicago, but that was a rare result in these match-ups. Over the past 10 head-to-head we’ve seen only 208.3 points per game scored between these teams, while the under has cashed 7 times during that stretch. The last 5 meetings in Detroit have all gone under the total, technically the Pistons are the home team here so that too is an important stat to look out for here.
Detroit just scored 104 and 110 points in their last 2 games against the Knicks and Pelicans, I’d argue the Bulls are a better defensive team than both of those sides. Offensively, the Pistons ranks just 26th in terms of efficiency scoring 108.6 points per 100 possessions. They won’t be a threat to the Bulls defense here, they held the Boston Celtics to just 107 points last week. In terms of pace neither team has excelled this season, so all in all this will be a low scoring game. Back the under.