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Thunder vs Bulls NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago Bulls
  • Where: Chicago at United Center
  • Date: Friday, January 13th
  • Betting Odds CHI -4.5, OKC +156 | CHI -194 O/U OFF

So far, the Thunder have put together an overall record of 19-23, while going 26-16-0 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Oklahoma City is 3-0 vs the spread in these matchups.

Oklahoma City is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the 76ers. With the 133-114 victory, they also covered the spread as 9 point underdogs. Oklahoma City played well enough in the second half to prevent the 76ers from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 10 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, as he contributed 37 points while hitting 62.5% of his shots.

So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 19-23, while going 22-20-0 vs the spread. The Bulls head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -5.5.

In their previous game, the Bulls were favored to win vs the Wizards. However, their 100-97 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Chicago went on to lose the game despite leading by 13 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Zach LaVine, as he contributed 38 points while hitting 53.6% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Thunder averaged 105.5 points per game vs the Bulls. Similar to the Thunder, the Bulls scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Oklahoma City, the team averaged 108.5 points per game. Although the Thunder have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 3-1-1, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Chicago, as they averaged 116 points per game while allowing 112. Over the course of these games, they averaged 228 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Thunder come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 116.7 points per game (7th). In terms of pace, the Thunder are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 102.4 possessions per game. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the league in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 4th in the league in made field goals per game.

Defensively, Oklahoma City has had its problems giving up an average of 111.83 points per game (15th).

On offense, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the Thunder in scoring at 31.0 points per game, placing him 4th in the NBA. Overall, Gilgeous-Alexander has hit 50.4% of his shots while accounting for 21.9% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 2nd in points allowed to point-guards. At 14.0 points per game, Luguentz Dort is the 2nd leading scorer for the Thunder. For the season, he is 293rd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 40.3%.

For the season, the Bulls offensive unit is ranked just 14th in scoring at 114.2 points per contest. So far, the Bulls are averaging 100.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Even though the Bulls are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 37.4%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.

Against the Thunder, the Bulls will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 17th in points allowed.

The Thunder defense will need to focus on stopping Zach LaVine, who is likely to take on a larger offensive role for the Bulls in this game. In his 38 games played this season, LaVine has averaged 23.8 points per game and hit 47.0% of his field goal attempts. With the team’s leading scorer, DeMar DeRozan, doubtful for this game, LaVine is the top candidate to lead the team in scoring. He is 36th in the league in usage rate this season. He will be facing a Oklahoma City defense that has struggled against shooting guards, allowing the 17th most points to players at that position.

Thunder vs Bulls Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Thunder +4.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF

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