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Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/11/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors
Date & Time Friday January 11, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA
The Line
The Line: Golden State -15.5 -- Over/Under 221
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The Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors duke it out at the Oracle Arena on Friday night.

The Chicago Bulls will be eager to put a halt to a five-game losing streak after falling to the Trailblazers in a 124-112 road loss on Wednesday. Wendell Carter Jr. led the team with 22 points on seven of nine shooting, Zach LaVine added 18 points while Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis each scored 15 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 46 percent from the field and nine of 22 from the 3-point line which just wasn’t enough to hang with the Trailblazers who shot 56 percent from the field, particularly in the second half where they fell behind by as many as 19 points. With the loss, Chicago fell to 10-31 overall and 5-15 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors look to be heating up with four wins in their last five games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after blowing past the Knicks in a 122-95 rout on Tuesday. Klay Thompson drained seven 3-pointers to lead the way with 43 points on 18 of 29 shooting, Kevin Durant added 24 points with six assists while Stephen Curry chipped in with 14 points and a season-high 14 assists. As a team, the Warriors shot 51 percent from the field and 14 of 45 from the 3-point line as they easily outpaced the slumping Knicks despite a poor shooting performance from Curry who made just five of 19 shots from the field. With the easy win, Golden State improved to 27-14 overall and 16-6 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference. The Warriors are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 23-9-1 ATS in the last 33 meetings, the Bulls are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Golden State.

Here we have two teams clearly headed in different directions as the Warriors have been steadily improving while the Bulls have been on a downward spiral. The Warriors haven’t exactly been at their best lately, but they’ve been healthy and will only get better with Thompson finally out of his shooting slump. The Warriors beat the Bulls by 149-125 back on Oct 29 and they are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings so I’m sticking with the Warriors to get the win and cover again.

Pick:
Golden State -15.5
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