- What: Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons
- Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
- Location: Accor Arena in Paris, France
- Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: BSDET, NBCSCH, NBATV
Week 14 of the 2023 NBA Season finds the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons in Paris, France, for today’s game at the Accor Arena. The game marks the first time the NBA has been in Europe since 2020. Chicago has played two preseason games in France, both in 1997. However, Detroit has never played in France, but the team played in London in 2013 and Mexico City in 2019.
The Bulls and Pistons are Central Divison rivals. Chicago brings a 20-24 record into the game, while Detroit is 12-35 on the 2023 NBA season. The Bulls are 5-5 in their last 10 outings and coming off a 132-118 win over the Golden State Warriors. Meanwhile, the Pistons’ record is 3-7 in their previous 10 games. They enter today’s matchup on a two-game losing skid.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for today’s NBA matchup in Paris, France, between the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 NBA Finals and our tips for betting on the NBA.
Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons picks for January 19, 2023
Chicago Bulls breakdown
The Chicago Bulls made the NBA playoffs in 2022, finishing the season with the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference at 46-36. With more than half of the 2023 NBA season behind them, the Bulls are in the mix to make the play-in for the 2023 playoffs, but they are not a lock to do so. The team needs a much better second half of the season if it wants to be sure of making the playoffs.
The Bulls have been without their leading scorer, DeMar DeRozan for the past three games. The team is 1-2 in those outings. DeRozan is averaging 26.1 points per game to go with a team-leading 4.9 assists. Zach LaVine is second in the team in scoring at 23.9 points per game. However, the player to watch in today’s matchup might be Nikola Vucevic, who tied his career high with 43 against Golden State.
The Bulls have a 12-game winning streak over the Pistons, including a 132-118 win over Detroit on December 30, 2022.
Detroit Pistons breakdown
The Detroit Pistons are having a rough 2023 NBA season. The team is in last place in the Central Division and have won back-to-back games only once all season. Those victories came on November 22 and 23, when they defeated the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.
The list of injured Detroit players is lengthy and includes Cade Cunningham, who was second in team scoring with 19.9 points per game when he last played. Also on the injured list is Jalen Duren, who leads the team in rebounds and is averaging 24.4 minutes per game. Duren is questionable for today’s game.
Bojan Bogdanovic leads the Pistons in scoring with 21.2 points per game on 31.4 minutes. The team’s second-highest scorer is Jaden Ivey with 15.1 points per game.
Detroit is 0-6 on the 2023 NBA season against Central Division foes.
With a depleted roster, there’s no reason to believe the Detroit Pistons will end their run of futility against the Chicago Bulls when they play in Paris today. The best bet for this NBA Eastern Conference matchup is to pick the Bulls to beat the Pistons.
Pick: Chicago Bulls to beat Detroit Pistons.
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