Pistons vs Bulls Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: Keeping Things Close in Chi-Town

The Bulls are sure to get their third straight win when the Pistons come to town tonight but the 12-point spread is both inflated and undeserving. Read our NBA picks below to find out if Detroit can hang around.

Feb 27, 2024 • 15:28 ET • 4 min read
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At this point, about the only thing the ninth-seeded Chicago Bulls can chase down is a home date for the second and final play-in game. 
 
Sitting 4.5 games back of both the Heat and Magic, Tuesday’s tilt against the woeful Detroit Pistons is a must. The books believe too, as they’ve pushed the Bulls to 12-point home favorites in the NBA odds.
 
Can Detroit — which played last night and lost in agonizing fashion in New York — offer any resistance in the Windy City? Read on for my free Pistons vs. Bulls preview, complete with free NBA picks.

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Pistons vs Bulls predictions

It was a solid all-around effort for the Chicago Bulls last time out, completing a two-game regular season sweep of the Pelicans with a 114-106 win. Every starter scored in double digits, led by DeMar DeRozan’s 24 points to go with six boards and seven assists. Nikola Vucevic also came up large, pouring in 22 points with a team-high 13 rebounds. 

A team that commits just 12.4 turnovers per game on the year, which ranks second in the NBA, Chicago won the turnover battle, piling up 12 steals as part of 19 takeaways, which the Bulls converted into 20 points. 

That snapped a two-game losing streak and sets the Bulls up for the Detroit Pistons before staring down three consecutive playoff teams: Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Sacramento.

They get a Pistons side coming off a brutal 113-111 loss to the Knicks on Monday in a game marred by a no-call that destroyed a potential Detroit win, instead sending them to a sixth straight loss. 

After being on pace to be one of the worst teams in NBA history, the Pistons are now just plain bad. Their 4-25 road record is the worst in basketball and they’ve lost five straight away from home.

This is the third game of a four-game season series. Chicago most recently won 119-109 on November 12. The Pistons actually won the first meeting back in October but that's also their only win over the Bulls in the last 10 meetings.

However, it’s hard to trust Chicago, who hasn’t been tabbed as a double-digit favorite all season. While the Bulls are 7-3 against the spread vs. Detroit in the last 10, the Pistons have gone 2-2 ATS in the last four.

They’re also 5-5 ATS playing on the second night of back-to-backs. I’m confident Chicago wins, but (gulp) I think Detroit can hang here.

My best bet: Pistons +12 (-114 at FanDuel)

Pistons vs Bulls same-game parlay

Pistons +12

DeMar DeRozan Over 22.5 points

Coby White Under 22.5 points

Not sure how the books came to this number, but a DeMar DeRozan scoring line of 22.5 points seems low. Save for a 19-point effort against Boston on Feb 22, he's scored 24+ points in seven of his last eight games. In his last game against the Pistons, DeRozan went 11-for-19 from the field for 29 points. Look for DeMar to keep cooking at home against Detroit.

On the other end of the spectrum is Chicago's breakout darling Coby White, who has upped his scoring average of 9.7 a season ago to his current mark of 19.5.

However, the 2019 first-round pick has an inflated 22.5-point line against Detroit. That’s because in his last six games, White has only topped this total once, when he went for 32 in a 108-105 loss to the Cavaliers. 

While the games against the Pistons were early on in the year before the fourth-year star really started cooking, White has tallied just 16 points total in two games against the Pistons this season.

If the Bulls spread the ball around like they did last game, White should fall right around his season average and below this total.

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Pistons vs Bulls spread and Over/Under analysis

This line has never dipped below 11 points, with most books settling in at 11.5 points, though sites like FanDuel are up to 12 points. Chicago is 30-26-1 ATS this season, while Detroit is split at 28-28 ATS.
 
The total climbed as high as 230 points, but most books have scaled back, keeping the line at around 227.5 — fitting for two teams in the Bottom 10 in scoring.
 
Detroit has one winning record this season, their O/U record, which is eighth-best in the league at 31-24-1. The Bulls are right up near them, with the Over going 30-26-1 in their games.  

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Pistons vs Bulls game info

Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m. ET
TV: NBCS-Chicago, Bally Sports Detroit

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