Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (15-11) at Oklahoma City Thunder (20-9)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -9 -- Over/Under: 205.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls invade the Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day.
The Bulls will be eager to snap an ugly three-game losing streak after falling to the Nets by 105-102 on Monday. Jimmy Butler led the team with 24 points on 11 of 20 shooting, Pau Gasol added 20 points but Derrick Rose had just eight points as the Bulls fought well late after falling behind early but ultimately fell just short of a comeback. To add insult to injury, Joakim Noah left the game late in the third quarter with a shoulder sprain and while the X-rays came back negative, he is still under an injury cloud for tonight. Chicago is now 15-11 on the season and 11-5 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder have won nine of their last 10 games and will be looking for a fourth straight win after crushing the Lakers in a 120-85 romp on Wednesday. Russell Westbrook led the team with 23 points and eight assists, Kevin Durant added 21 points on seven of nine shooting while Serge Ibaka had 17 points as the Thunder cruised past the Lakers in what was the easiest of wins. Oklahoma City have really been on a tear lately and are now 20-9 on the season and 7-6 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, while the Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Oklahoma City and the home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
This seems like too many points to be giving the Bulls, but the Thunder have absolutely been on fire lately so I have to say that I'm leaning towards them to pull away late and win this one comfortably at home.