Bulls vs. Thunder - 3/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (33-27) at Chicago Bulls (38-23)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +4 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls meet Thursday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, OKC is averaging 101.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 99.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 26.5 points and 8.1 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds. Serge Ibaka is grabbing eight rebounds and D.J. Augustin is dishing 3.8 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to play lights out ball without Kevin Durant, as they’re holding onto the last seed in the West. The Thunder are coming off an overtime win over the 76ers in which Westbrook had 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.
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The Chicago Bulls look to stay hot with wins in eight of their last 11 games. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 101.2 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 98.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Pau Gasol is averaging 18.2 points and 12.1 rebounds while Aaron Brooks is averaging 10.8 points and 2.8 assists. Taj Gibson is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy is shooting 43 percent from the field. The Chicago Bulls are winning games despite shooting just 38.2 percent from the field in their last five games. The Bulls are still missing their top two scorers but have allowed less than 100 points in nine of their last 11 games.
The Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Northwest. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Bulls are going to struggle to keep up with the Thunder's offensive game without Rose and Butler on the court. Westbrook is just on a mission right now and is playing at an MVP level. Good luck keeping up.