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Warriors vs Bulls NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Golden State Warriors at Chicago Bulls
  • Where: Chicago at United Center
  • Date: Sunday, January 15th
  • Betting Odds CHI +3.5, GS -155 | CHI +130 O/U 237.0

So far, the Warriors have put together an overall record of 21-21, while going 19-22-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Golden State is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.

The Warriors will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Spurs by a score of 144-113. Heading into the game, they were 8 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. In the game, Golden State outscored their opponent in every quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Jordan Poole, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.

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The Bulls come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 19-24. So far, the team has gone 22-21-0 against the spread. Today, the Bulls will be looking to snap a 3 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -8.33 points per contest.

In their previous game, the Bulls were favored to win vs the Thunder. However, their 124-110 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. In the loss, Chicago got off to a slow start, trailing by 14 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Zach LaVine, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 26.3% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Warriors averaged 128.5 points per game vs Chicago, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Bulls actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with Golden State, the team averaged 94.5 points per game. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Warriors have averaged 124 points per game compared to 106 for Chicago. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Golden State. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 230 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Heading into play, the Warriors offense is rated 5th in the league in scoring, averaging 117.3 points per contest. When looking at the Warriors pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 102.4. 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 10th in the league in made field goals per game.

Defensively, the Warriors are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 105.46 points per contest (3rd).

Point-Guard Jordan Poole currently leads the Warriors at 20.9 points per game. For the season, he is 17th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Poole is averaging 2.5 boards and 4.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 3rd ranked defense at defending point-guards. Stephen Curry enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 28 games, he is averaging 29.2 and is 9th in the league in player efficiency rating.

This season, the Chicago offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 114.1 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bulls are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100.0 per contest. Although the Bulls have a current effective field goal percentage of 54.9%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.

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

One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of DeMar DeRozan, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as DeRozan leads the team in scoring at 26.1 points per game while LaVine is 2nd at 23.8. For the season, DeRozan is 25th in the NBA in usage rate and 36th in player efficiency. Behind him, LaVine has taken 20.9% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 46.4%.

Warriors vs Bulls Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Bulls +3.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 237.0

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