Bulls vs. Spurs - 1/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (27-16) at Chicago Bulls (27-16)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +4 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls square off Thursday night at the United Center.
The San Antonio Spurs have won six of their last seven games and end a two-game road trip. On the season, the Spurs are averaging 102 points on 46.1 percent shooting and are allowing 97.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 15.4 points and 7.8 rebounds while Tim Duncan is averaging 14.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Tony Parker is dishing 4.8 assists and Danny Green is shooting 43.6 percent from the field. The San Antonio Spurs have really found themselves with the return of Leonard. The Spurs have really improved offensively, as they’ve held nine of their last 11 opponents under 11 points and are allowing teams to shoot 43.2 percent from the field in their last five games. The Spurs seem to be back as title contenders.
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The Chicago Bulls are slipping in the standings with losses in six of their eight games. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting and are allowing 99.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.6 points and six rebounds while Pau Gasol 18.7 points and 11.4 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 5.1 assists and Taj Gibson is shooting 50.5 percent from the field. The Chicago Bulls main issue during this stretch is the lack of defense, as they’re allowing 50.5 percent shooting from the field and 38.7 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. Of course, not having Joakim Noah around hurts but you still expect the Bulls to show more heart than what they’re showing. The Bulls are 12-10 SU on their home court.
The Spurs are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulls are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spurs are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Chicago and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
It's quite possible Derrick Rose's rant will wake the Bulls up in this game. These are two true championship contenders and with that being the case, I'm going to take the value of the points and the home team.