The Chicago Bulls (21-23) travel to face off against the Phoenix Suns (24-18) on Monday, January 22nd. This game will be played at Footprint Center in Phoenix and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.
Bulls vs Suns
The Bulls Are Coming Off A Win
The Bulls picked up a win over the Grizzlies in their latest game, finishing with a score of 125-96. Bulls’ victory in this game wasn’t just a straight-up win; they also covered the spread as -7.5-point favorites. Before the game, the over/under line was 215 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
Coming into today’s game, the Bulls have an overall record of 21-23 and have won their last two games. When playing on the road, the Bulls are 7-13 compared to 14-10 at home.
Currently, Chicago holds an above .500 ATS record of 22-21 so far this year. On the road, the Bulls have an ATS record of 8-11 compared to a 14-10 record vs. the spread at home.
The Suns Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Suns took down the Pacers by a score of 117-110. Against the spread, this game finished with a push as the Suns were favored by -7 going into the game. Concerning the over/under, the total of 227 points remained below the established over/under line of 246.
When looking at the Suns’ last ten games, they are 7-3 and have an overall record of 24-18 as they prepare to face the Bulls. In their 42 games, the Suns are 16-14 against Western Conference teams and have gone 8-4 in non-conference games.
So far, Phoenix’s ATS record is below .500 at 15-26. On the road, the Suns have an ATS record of 8-10 compared to a 7-16 record vs. the spread at home.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
In 44 games games, Chicago has an average of 110.6 points per game (27th).
This season, the Bulls have been a below-average offensive team, ranking 27th in scoring at 110.6 points per game. They are 26th in scoring on the road, averaging 109.4 points per game.
Chicago has outscored the NBA scoring average in just 36.4% of their games this season. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 24th in the league at 46%.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Bulls are 18th in the NBA at 35%. They have made an average of 11.8 threes per game, which is 25th in the league.
Suns Offense Breakdown
Phoenix has recorded an average of 116.1 points per game (13th) throughout 42 games games.
At home, the Suns are scoring 117.0 points per game, which is 12th in the NBA. Overall, they are 13th in the league in scoring at 116.1 points per game.
Phoenix has been effective at getting to the free-throw line this season, ranking 4th in free throw attempts per game. They are also 8th in field goal percentage at 48%.
In terms of pace, the Suns are 24th in the NBA at 97.8 possessions per game. They have also been one of the top teams in terms of getting to the line, ranking 2nd in free throws made per game.
Bulls Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Bulls’ defense is giving up an average of 112.0 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Bulls defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.5% and 36.1% from three-point territory.
Suns Team Defense
The Suns’ defense is presently ranked 15th in the league, allowing an average of 114.2 points per contest. The Suns defense is coming off a game in which they held the Pacers offense to just 57.3% shooting. Overall, they gave up 110 points to Indiana.
Key Players For The Bulls And Suns
In today’s game, our projections have DeMar DeRozan leading the Bulls with 21 points on 7/16 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 21.9 points per game along with 4 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Kevin Durant to be the top scorer for the Suns. Our projection has him finishing the game with 27, and he is expected to secure 6 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 53.2% and is averaging 29.2 points per contest.
Bulls vs Suns Trends
- Through their last three road contests, the Bulls offense has averaged 109 points per game while allowing an average of 111. Chicago posted an overall record of 2-1 while going 1-2 ATS.
- The Suns are 3-2 ATS in their last home games and 4-1 straight-up.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Chicago has an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 1-4 straight up.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Suns have gone 4-5-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 9-1.
The Suns is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 117-111. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Suns at -5.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 228.5 and given that our model is projecting 228 points between the teams, we like the under.
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