Bulls at Thunder - 12/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (15-11) at Oklahoma City Thunder (19-9)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -8 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC, ESPN3
The Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder face off Christmas at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Chicago Bulls could use a big win after splitting their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 100.4 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.5 points and 3.3 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 15.9 points and 10.8 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 5.4 assists and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.9 turnovers per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last five road games.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder look to keep rolling after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 107.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 26.8 points and 7.7 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.4 points and 9.4 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing 1.9 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.7 turnovers per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won eight straight home games.
The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Thunder are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma City.
I'm not leaving thismany points on the table with such a solid Bulls team that's had plenty of rest. The Thunder are clearly finding their groove as of late, but Chicago can play with any team in the league and has actually beaten the Thunder in two of the last three meetings.