NBA Basketball Odds: Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls
Friday, March 30, 2012
The Chicago Bulls have dominated the Detroit Pistons in recent seasons and can stretch their winning streak in the series to 14 consecutive games with a victory on Friday. Chicago has beaten the Pistons twice this season and held Detroit to 68 points in one of the victories.
Chicago last lost to Detroit during the 2008-09 campaign. The Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday for their second straight win, while the Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks.
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, March 30, 2012
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Detroit (Pistons), CS Chicago (Bulls)
Detroit Pistons (18-32): Detroit had scored less than 80 points in three consecutive games prior to the 87-75 victory over Cleveland. The Pistons received a big game from forward Tayshaun Prince, who matched a season-high with 29 points. Detroit could again be thin in the backcourt against Chicago after Rodney Stuckey suffered a hamstring injury against the Cavaliers to go with Ben Gordon’s possible absence because of a groin injury. The Pistons used 6-foot-11 Austin Daye at shooting guard for most of the contest against Cleveland.
Chicago Bulls (41-11): Chicago continues to win games without reigning MVP Derrick Rose, who has missed eight consecutive games with a groin injury. The Bulls are 6-2 during the stretch and 13-5 overall when Rose has sat out this season. Different players keep stepping up to fill the void and the latest was forward Taj Gibson, who scored a season-high 19 points off the bench in the victory over the Hawks. Gibson had failed to reach double digits in six of the previous seven games.
Chicago has won 11 consecutive home
games against Detroit.
2. Pistons center Greg Monroe is averaging 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in two games against the Bulls this season.
3. Bulls guard Richard Hamilton (shoulder) could return after a 12-game absence.
NBA BASKETBALL PREDICTION: Bulls 89, Pistons 83
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