Chicago Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs - 3/11/14
San Antonio Spurs (46-16) at Chicago Bulls (35-28)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +4 -- Over/Under: 188 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs invade the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls tonight.
The Spurs have won nine of their last 10 and will be looking to build on a six-game win streak tonight after beating the Magic by 121-112 on Saturday. In a game that should have been easier than it was, the Spurs were made to work for their win but they were able to overcome the fiesty Magic thanks to 30 points from Tony Parker and 24 points from Manu Ginobili. Tim Duncan was kept to just 11 points on four of 13 shooting, but the reason that this game wasn't the typical Spurs blowout win was because the bench didn't provide much help outside of Ginobili. At the end of the day, the Spurs' win and the Thunder's lost last night means that San Antonio are now the top ranked team in the Western Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Bulls have won 11 of their last 14 and are coming off a thrilling 95-88 overtime win against the Heat. DJ Augustin led the scoring with 22 points off the bench while Jimmy Butler scored 16 points and made a great play by stripping LeBron James on a game-winning layup, but the MVP of the night was definitely Joakim Noah who scored 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks. Chicago has always hung their hats on defense and it delivered in a big way as LeBron was held to just 17 points on eight of 23 shooting, while the Heat scored just two points in overtime. With the win, Chicago improves to 35-28 on the season, just half a game behind Toronto for the third seed in the East.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record, while the Bulls are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Head to head, the Spurs are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Chicago and the Under is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.
Both teams look to be in season-best form but I'm leaning towards the Spurs to get the win and cover because I'm banking on the Bulls having a bit of a letdown game after such an emotional win.