Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls - 3/15/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (40-27) at Oklahoma City Thunder (36-29)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls invade the Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last five overall and will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 101-91 loss to the Hornets. Aaron Brooks led hte scoring with 24 points, Pau Gasol had 18 points while Tony Snell made five threes for his 17 points, but the Bulls were left scratching their head as they saw their early lead of 19 points turned to nothing in the blink of an eye as they fell to 40-27 on the season. We've come to expect more from the Bulls the last few seasons, but they're definitely struggling as their only win in their last five games came against the 76ers and that game actually went to overtime.
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Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have won four of their last six and are coming off a 113-99 win over the Timberwolves despite missing the services of Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka. Once again, Russell Westbrook led the way with his sixth triple-double in his last eight games, pouring in 29 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists and he got plenty of help from Enes Kanter who stayed hot with 23 points and 15 rebounds. With the win, Oklahoma City improved to 36-29 on the season which has them level with New Orleans at eighth in the Western Conference standings.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, while the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
These teams last met on Mar. 5 and it was the Bulls who won by 108-105, despite 46 points from Russell Westbrook, but the Bulls have really struggled to win games since, so I'm expecting them to lose this one.