The Chicago Bulls (18-22) travel to face off against the San Antonio Spurs (7-30) on Saturday, January 13th. This game will be played at Frost Bank Center in San Antonio and televised on NBCS. The Spurs are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bulls are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hornets. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Bulls vs Spurs
The Bulls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
DeMar DeRozan led Chicago with 39 points against the Warriors, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 58.1% in the game. While Zach LaVine was 2nd on the team with 25 points, Chicago fell short in the game with a final score of 140-131.
With their record of 18-22, the Bulls are below .500 and are looking to get a win over the Spurs. In the Eastern Conference, the Bulls are currently 9th and are 4th in the Central division.
Presently, Chicago boasts an ATS record of 20-19, which is above .500 against the spread. Chicago has gone 8-8 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 12-11 when playing as underdogs.
Spurs Are Coming Off A Win
The Spurs’ most recent game versus the Hornets saw Victor Wembanyama lead the Spurs with 26 points while shooting 9/14 from the field. Doug McDermott also added 14 points as the Spurs won the game by a score of 135-99.
Looking at today’s game, the Spurs are trying to build on their two game winning streak. Their overall record is 7-30, which includes going 5-19 against Western Conference teams and 2-11 in non-conference play.
San Antonio’s ATS record sits below .500 (17-20). With a three game ATS win streak as favorites, the Spurs are 14-20 against the spread when they are underdogs.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
In 40 games games, Chicago has an average of 110.3 points per game (27th).
Chicago’s offense has struggled this season, ranking 27th in scoring at 110.3 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 109.4 points per game.
So far, the Bulls have outscored the NBA average in just 32.5% of their games. In terms of pace, they are the slowest team in the league at 96.5 possessions per game.
Chicago’s offense has been reliant on two-point shots, ranking 6th in attempts. However, they are just 27th in field goal percentage and 20th in three-point shooting.
Spurs Offense Breakdown
Through 37 games the Spurs are averaging 112.5 points per contest, placing them 25th in the NBA.
At home, the Spurs are scoring 116.3 points per game, which is 15th in the league. Overall, they are 25th in scoring at 112.5 points per game. San Antonio has outscored the NBA average in 45.9% of their games this season.
When it comes to pace, the Spurs are 3rd in the league at 102.2 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, San Antonio is 27th at 45%. They are 4th in the NBA in assists at 29.1 per game.
From beyond the arc, the Spurs are 14th in three-pointers made per game at 12.8. However, they are just 27th in three-point shooting percentage at 34%. In terms of free throws, San Antonio is 28th in makes and 29th in attempts.
Bulls Team Defense
This season, the Bulls’ defense is the 12th ranked defense in the NBA at 12th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 55.0% of their games. So far this season, the Bulls’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 19th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 22.4 times per game vs. Chicago.
Spurs Team Defense
On defense, the Spurs are ranked 26th in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 73.0% of their games. In the terms of takeaways, Spurs are causing 14.5 turnovers per game, ranking 27th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 9th in rejections, averaging 5.9 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Bulls And Spurs
In today’s game, our projections have Zach LaVine leading the Bulls with 23 points on 8/16 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 20.5 points per game, along with 5.3 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Keldon Johnson to be the top scorer for the Spurs. Our projection has him finishing the game with 18, and he is expected to secure 6 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 45% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 17.3 points per game.
Bulls vs Spurs Trends
- Across the Bulls last ten road games, the team averaged 112 points per game while allowing 116. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 5-4-1, while going 4-6 straight-up.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Spurs offense has averaged 109 points per game while allowing an average of 115. San Antonio posted an overall record of 2-8 while going 6-4 ATS
- Their last three games as the betting underdog, the Spurs have a straight up record of 0-3 and an ATS mark of 3-0.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Bulls have a strong straight up record of 4-1. In addition, their ATS record was 3-1-1 in these scenarios.
Coming in as the underdogs at +6, we have the Spurs as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 226 and our model has the Bulls and Spurs finishing with a combined 218 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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