The Brooklyn Nets will have their Big Three back in the lineup together for the first time in over three months when they host the Chicago Bulls on Saturday afternoon. The trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden have not played together since Feb. 13 for the Nets (46-24), who hold a one-game edge over the Milwaukee Bucks for the second seed in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining. Earlier this week, Brooklyn posted a 115-107 victory at Chicago, which was eliminated from playoff contention when Washington beat Cleveland on Friday night.
Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET from Barclays Center. The latest Nets vs. Bulls odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Brooklyn as the 11-point favorite. The over-under for total points is set at 234. Before finalizing any Bulls vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Bulls vs. Nets spread: Nets -11
- Bulls vs. Nets over-under: 234 points
- Bulls vs. Nets money line: Nets -800; Bulls +550
- CHI: The Bulls are 7-7 vs. Atlantic Division foes
- BKN: The Nets shoot a league-best 49.3 percent
Why the Bulls can cover
Even though Chicago must play less than 16 hours after it was officially eliminated from the playoffs, it still features a potent 1-2 tandem in Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. LaVine missed more than three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 but has been superb since returning to the lineup, averaging 30.0 points over his last four games. He was magnificent in Tuesday's loss to the Nets, pouring in 41 points and hitting 6 of 11 3-pointers.
Vucevic collected 12 points and as many rebounds against Brooklyn and followed that up with 16 points and 16 boards in Thursday's victory over Toronto. It was the 10th consecutive double-double for Vucevic, who averaged 21.5 points and 14.6 rebounds during that span. Second-year guard Coby White has scored in double figures in 14 straight games after going for 17 points and 10 assists vs. Toronto, and has hit at least three 3-pointers in six straight.
Why the Nets can cover
Though Durant, Irving and Harding have rarely been on the court together in the four months, they average nearly 79 points between them. Harden was leading the league in assists prior to his injury in early April and showed instant chemistry with former Oklahoma City teammate Durant. In their first three games together since the Jan. 14 trade, Durant averaged 36.7 points while Harden averaged 29.0 points, 12.7 assists and 9.3 rebounds.
Irving had three straight games of at least 30 points before suffering a facial contusion in Tuesday's win over Chicago, but the Nets are getting contributions from throughout the lineup. Blake Griffin, another midseason addition, is averaging 14.0 points over the past four games while fellow forward Nicolas Claxton has turned in solid back-to-back efforts, shooting 12 of 15 in the last two. Eight players have hit double figures in each of the last two games.
How to make Bulls vs. Nets picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 226 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 70 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.
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