Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 1st 2022

Stadium: Barclays Center Brooklyn
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For the Chicago Bulls, their past two games followed the pattern of starting slowly in the first quarter before getting a lead but then falling short down the stretch.

The Bulls hope to start correcting some of their first-quarter difficulties Tuesday night when they visit the Brooklyn Nets.

A year after winning six of their first seven games, the Bulls are off to a middling 3-4 start with the past two losses coming in a back-to-back set against San Antonio and Philadelphia.

 

 


 

On Friday, the Bulls trailed by 14 early on, faced a seven-point deficit, took a nine-point lead midway through the second, then blew a seven-point lead in the final six-plus minutes, resulting in a 129-124 loss at San Antonio. At home a night later, the Bulls started even slower as they were outscored by 15 in the opening quarter, then took a pair of two-point leads in the fourth before ultimately suffering a 114-109 loss.

"We're playing catchup and using so much energy to get back in the game," Chicago's Nikola Vucevic said. "Part of it is execution offensively. Defensively, we're not as locked in and physical as we need to be. We just let teams play the way they want."

"We're good enough to get back into the games," Chicago guard Zach LaVine added. "But your luck's gonna run out. Your energy, shots, momentum, whatever it is, will run out eventually,"

Overall, Chicago has been outscored by a combined 30 points in its seven first quarters. In their past two games, the Bulls allowed the Spurs and 76ers to shoot a combined 57.4 percent in the opening 12 minutes.

DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 24 points but also was scoreless in the fourth Saturday. On Friday, he scored 13 of his 33 points during the fourth.

Brooklyn is hoping a strong start and an ability to execute down the stretch in Monday's 116-109 victory over the visiting Indiana Pacers can get them headed in the right direction.

The Nets snapped a four-game losing streak that culminated with them allowing 23 3-pointers in a 125-116 loss to Indiana on Saturday that coach Steve Nash labeled a "disaster" and resulted in a postgame meeting among the players.

On Monday, the Nets led virtually the entire way and fended off several comeback attempts. They led by 24 early in the second quarter, by 19 midway through the fourth and outscored Indiana 16-9 in the final 6:50 after allowing the tying basket.

Kevin Durant scored 36 points, giving him seven straight games with at least 25. Kyrie Irving added 28, including the game-clinching basket in the final minute as the Nets allowed just 11 3-pointers after entering Monday allowing a league-worst 43.3 percent from behind the arc.

"I'm proud of them -- effort, energy," Nash said. "Not only did we build a lead, but when (Indiana) had nothing to lose and came flying back, those are hard to hang onto. We had a lot of guys who were fatigued late in the game, and we were able to get stops."

Brooklyn played Monday without Ben Simmons due to left knee soreness. Simmons was replaced in the starting lineup by Joe Harris, who likely gets the start Tuesday if Simmons is held out.

Chicago won two of three meetings with the Nets last season, including a 111-107 win in Brooklyn Dec. 4 when DeRozan scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth.

--Field Level Media

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Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets Recap MAY 15TH 2021

Kyrie Irving scored 22 points as the Brooklyn Nets got a significant contribution from their reserves and pulled away down the stretch for a 105-91 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls on Saturday afternoon in New York.

The Nets (47-24) won their third straight and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee is hosting the Miami Heat Saturday night and holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with Brooklyn.

The game marked the first time Brooklyn's three stars of Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant played in the same game since Feb. 13 at Golden State. It was the only eighth time they played together this season and the trio was on the floor together for about 16 minutes.

Irving was the most effective of Brooklyn's trio by scoring 20 points in the first half when the Nets shook off an early 12-point deficit. Durant finished with 12 on 4 of 17 from the floor while collecting nine rebounds and six assists and Harden had five points, seven assists and five rebounds in 25 minutes.

Jeff Green added 19 points as Brooklyn got 48 points from its reserves, Bruce Brown chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Nets shot 47.1 percent and outscored the Bulls 105-79 after allowing the game's first 12 points.

Chicago (30-41) was eliminated from postseason contention Friday night when the Washington Wizards beat the Cleveland Cavaliers so it held out Zach LaVine (knee soreness). Rookie Patrick Williams scored a career-high 24 points and former Net Thaddeus Young added 19 as the Bulls shot 34.7 percent and misfired on 30 of 41 3-point tries.

After Chicago's opening 12-0 run, the Nets outscored the Bulls 28-17 the rest of the quarter and were within 29-28. Chicago held its last lead when Javonte Green's free throw made it 41-40 with 7:58 remaining but Brooklyn outscored the Bulls 21-10 the rest of the half for a 61-51 lead at intermission.

Brooklyn allowed the Bulls to hang around throughout the third quarter and held a 79-71 lead into the fourth quarter. Chicago ripped off eight straight points to get within 85-81 on Young's finger roll with 8:47 remaining but Green hit two 3-pointers and Landry Shamet capped a 15-2 run with a 3-pointer at the 5:27 mark to make it 100-83.

--Field Level Media

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