Brooklyn have been hit by plenty of injuries this season but it is the absentees from the visiting San Antonio Spurs that will make the difference as Gregg Popovich takes his championship chasers to the Barclays Center.
Chicago will also continue their impressive run against Golden State in our midweek NBA acca offering enticing odds of 11/1
San Antonio (36-13) and Brooklyn (21-25) have both struggled with injuries of late but it is the hosts who will be able to call on more of their star players here.
The Spurs are scoring seven points more and conceding three less their the Nets on average this term but with Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawih Leonard not available for the trip to the Barclays Center Jason Kidd’s side will fancy their chances.
The hosts will welcome back All Star Joe Johnson, Andrei Kirilenko and Andray Blatche as they look for just a second win in 23 meetings with the Spurs.
Brooklyn ended a three-game skid with victory over the 76ers last time out and will look to regain the form that saw them go 10-1 from 11 prior to those three losses.
With Chicago (24-24) getting a +8-point billing on the spread it’s clear to see that the Warriors (29-20) are favourites to win this tie.
However, this will not bother the Bulls who ripped up the script when given similar treatment against the Phoenix Suns only to win 101-92 last time out.
Golden State are conceding an average of almost 99 points this season and with the Windy City outfit 14-1 when scoring 96 or more, Tom Thibodeau’s side will be confident of securing victory.
The visitors are 8-3 from 11 on the road and 7-3 from 10 meetings with the California outfit including a double over the hosts last year.
Golden State, meanwhile, are 2-5 from seven in front of their own fans and after shooting 31.2 per cent from the field – their lowest since November 2004 – when losing 91-75 to Charlotte last time out they will need a sharp improvement to overcome the Bulls at the Oracle Arena.
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