Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 3/17/14
Oklahoma City Thunder (48-18) at Chicago Bulls (37-29)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to have Russell Westbrook back on the court when they visit the Chicago Bulls tonight.
The Thunder have lost three of their last five and will be looking to bounce back from a 109-86 upset against the Mavericks last night. Kevin Durant poured in 30 points while Serge Ibaka added 19, but with Russell Westbrook sitting, the Thunder just couldn't get going on offense, especially in the second half where they totalled just 38 points. Andre Roberson stepped into the starting lineup but had just two points in 24 minutes but the good news is that coach Scott Brooks has confirmed Westbrook will return to the court tonight. With the loss, OKC drop to 48-18 which now leaves them two games behind San Antonio for first place in the Western Conference.
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Over in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls have won 12 of their last 16 and will be looking for a third straight win after taking down the Kings by 94-87 on Saturday. In a scrappy game with not a lot of offense, Joakim Noah stuffed the stat sheet once again, racking up 23 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five blocks while Taj Gibson added 29 points and nine rebounds in just 27 minutes off the bench. Defensively, the Bulls allowed 19 offensive boards and are somewhat lucky that the Kings shot just 23 of 37 from the free throw line, but they held them to just 36 percent from the field which was the difference in the end. With the win, Chicago improved to 37-29 on the season which leaves them just half a game behind the third-placed Toronto in the standings.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a double digit loss at home and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, while hte Bulls are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Head to head, the Thunder are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Chicago and the Under is 4-1 in the last five overall.
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