Bulls could be in bad shape for meeting with Nets
The Chicago Bulls enter Thursday night's matchup with the Brooklyn Nets as a hobbled unit.
Three key players are doubtful heading into the game to go with the already out-indefinitely Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton. Center Joakim Noah (foot) and guard Marco Belinelli (abdominal) have missed six and five games respectively and Taj Gibson is now doubtful after spraining his knee Tuesday against the Wizards.
"It's definitely another big blow," Hinrich told the Chicago Tribune
about Gibson's injury. "We have to hang together and find some healthy bodies. We've been short-handed all year. It's nothing new to us. We have to find a way."
Nevada-based oddsmaking service The Sports Club has suggested the Bulls as 5-point underdogs overnight with a total of 184. Most likely this number will stay off the board until late Wednesday morning at the earliest.
The three doubtful players combine for 29.9 points per game and they are the team's fourth, fifth and sixth leading scorers respectively, not including the injured Hamilton and Rose. Noah is also the team's leading rebounder with 11.4 per game.
The Bulls are 4-2 SU (straight up) and ATS (against the spread) with Noah sidelined over the past six games. The over is also 4-2.