User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools
 
Preview: Bulls (48-34) at Nets (44-38)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Date: April 04, 2013 7:00 PM EDT
  

The Brooklyn Nets have managed to maintain their lead on a top-four spot in the Eastern Conference despite a lengthy road trip and Joe Johnson's five-game absence due to injury.

Health problems and road woes have hurt the Chicago Bulls' chances of catching them.

The status of Johnson and fellow starter Gerald Wallace is uncertain for the Nets' return home Thursday night to face the injury-plagued Bulls.

Brooklyn (43-31) went 5-3 during its longest road swing of the season, capping it Wednesday by avoiding a third straight loss with a 113-95 blowout of Cleveland.

Advertisement

"I would have taken a (one-point win), no questions asked when the game started," interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "To get a win where we were able to rest guys, you probably couldn't have written a better script."

MarShon Brooks led the way with a career-high 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Deron Williams contributed 24 while Johnson (bruised quad, sore heel) and Wallace (sore foot) sat out.

"The No. 1 thing is just getting guys healthy and seeing who's available," Carlesimo said before Wednesday's victory. "We've got to get through these next couple (of games) and hopefully we can take a deep breath and get situated."

The win over Cleveland and Atlanta's loss to New York on Wednesday moved the Nets two games ahead of the Hawks and 2 1/2 ahead of the idle Bulls (40-33) for fourth place in the East.

Chicago hasn't helped itself by dropping seven of nine on the road, and it lost another player in a 90-86 loss at Washington on Tuesday.

Taj Gibson re-aggravated a left knee injury that caused him to miss 10 games from Feb. 26-March 18.

"I just did a basic rotation and tried to slide, and it just buckled on me," Gibson said. "It was real painful. I tried to just play through it. I kind of got nicked up the last couple of games but kept playing.

"Hopefully it's not worse than before. But it was real painful. It's similar."

If he can't go Friday, Gibson would join Derrick Rose (knee), Joakim Noah (foot), Richard Hamilton (back) and Marco Belinelli (abdominal strain) on the list of Bulls forced to sit out with injuries.

"It's definitely another big blow," guard Kirk Hinrich said. "But we've got to hang together and find some healthy bodies. They guys that are out there have got to step up more. We've been short-handed all year. It's nothing new to us."

Noah proved pivotal in the Bulls' 96-85 win over Brooklyn on March 2 as he had 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds. Carlos Boozer contributed 20 points in his team's second victory in three matchups with the Nets this season.

Belinelli scored six points in the final 1:26 in an 83-82 home win Dec. 15.

The Bulls lost 93-89 in their first visit to Brooklyn on Feb. 1 as Brook Lopez scored 20 points in three quarters.

Boozer was forced to miss that game with an ailing hamstring. He's averaged 25.8 points on 67.9 percent shooting in his last four road games against the Nets. Boozer has six double-doubles in his last seven games overall.

Lopez and Williams keyed the Nets' solid play on the road trip, averaging 21.9 and 21.3 points, respectively.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 CHI  +190   +5.5   188.5 
 NJN  -230   -5.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 CHI  +180   +5.5   188.5 
 NJN  -220   -5.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 CHI  34%   42%   44% 
 NJN  66%   58%   56% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 Mar 2, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NJN 85 Over: 181 
 CHI 96 Cover: 6.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Feb 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHI 89 Cover: 1 
 NJN 93 Over: 182 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Dec 15, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 NJN 82 Cover: 4 
 CHI 83 Under: 165 
 Tools:   Recaps

 NBA PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Apr 4
 
    Bulls at Nets
7:10 PM EDT
    Mavericks at Nuggets
9:05 PM EDT
    Spurs at Thunder
9:40 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!