Oklahoma City Thunder (2-3) at Chicago Bulls (1-3)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +9 -- Over/Under: 204.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for their first road win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 107 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 101.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 24.4 points and 3.6 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.6 points and 12 assists. Paul George is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last 14 road games.
The Chicago Bulls look for another home victory to help climb out of their quick 1-3 hole. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 95 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Justin Holiday is averaging 17 points and 1.5 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.8 points and 10 rebounds. Robin Lopez is the third double-digit scorer and Jerian Grant is dishing 7.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have won five of their last six home games. Kris Dunn and Paul Zipser are questionable with injuries.
The Thunder are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference, 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Northwest. The Thunder are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Chicago, the favorite is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the under is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.
I'm not laying this type of number, as the Thunder are still trying to figure things out with two new starts, and they're on the end of a back-to-back. Instead, I'll take the over on this somewhat low total. The over has hit in seven of the last 10 games when OKC is on the end of a back-to-back, and both of these teams have allowed some decent shooting percentages. This could be the game the Thunder have an offensive explosion instead of the sluggish, inconsistent ball we've seen so far. The Bulls have also topped 100 points in two of their first four games. Give me the over.