Phoenix Suns vs. Chicago Bulls - 2/4/14
Chicago Bulls (23-24) at Phoenix Suns (29-18)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -7 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns collide with the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night from US Airways Center.
Head to head, the Bulls are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Phoenix while the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The Suns are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Bulls on the other hand are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, but just 17-35 ATS in their last 52 vs. Western Conference.
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The Phoenix Suns are good, period! Winners of five straight and seven of eight overall, the Suns continue to pile up the wins and if they keep going like this, they could very well be a playoff team in a super competitive Western Conference, something no one thought was possible at the start of the season, including me. What’s even more impressive is that Phoenix has covered the spread in 32 of their 47 games this season, just think about that for a second. Not that anyone would, but if you had bet on them in every game they have played this season, you would be doing a lot better than most people out there.
As far as the Chicago Bulls are concerned, they have actually covered in eight of their last 11 road games, but that can be pretty misleading given their last two games in New Orleans and Sacramento last night. While their 11-point loss in the Big East wasn’t too concerning, the same can’t be said for their 29-point beat-down against the Kings last night. The Bulls managed just 70 points against one of the worst defensive teams in the league in Sac-Town, shooting a putrid 28 percent from the field as only one starter (Jimmy Butler) finished the game in double-figure scoring. This came after Chicago managed just 79 points against the Pelicans on Saturday night.
I don’t know how anyone could take Chicago here and feel good about it after what served up last night in Sacramento. Don’t get me wrong, this is a proud squad coming off an embarrassing loss, but this will also be their four straight road game and third game in four nights. Plus, they are coming up against a red hot Phoenix squad that just took down the Indiana Pacers twice in the space of two weeks, by an average of 16 points mind you. I could see the Bulls bouncing back here, but I doubt it....
Dan’s Pick: Phoenix -7