The San Antonio Spurs (4-22) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (12-17) on Thursday, December 21st. This game will be played at United Center. The Bulls are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Spurs are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Lakers. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Spurs vs Bulls
The Spurs Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Spurs lost to the Bucks with a final score of 132-119. The Spurs turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 72-59.
Heading into their game against the Bulls, the Spurs are 4-22 overall and are trying to end a two-game losing skid. In their 26 games, the Spurs have gone 4-15 against other Western Conference teams and are 0-7 in non-conference play.
San Antonio currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 11-15 at this point. On the road, the Spurs have an ATS record of 5-7, as opposed to a 6-8 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Bulls Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Bulls took down the Lakers by a score of 124-108. Before the game, the Bulls were the underdogs with a +3.5 point advantage, securing both a straight-up and ATS victory. The over/under line entering this matchup was 224 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
Coming into today’s game, the Bulls are 12-17 overall and have won two in a row. In the Eastern Conference, they are 11th and are 4th in the Central division.
Chicago has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 15-14 against the spread. In their last five road games, Chicago has successfully covered the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 7-7 on the road in contrast to 8-7 at home.
Spurs Offense Breakdown
San Antonio has recorded an average of 110.9 points per game (26th) throughout 26 games games. Coming into today’s game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.8 made 3’s per game. Not only is the San Antonio offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 29th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
The Bulls come into today’s game as the 27th ranked scoring offense at 110.3 points per game. So far, the Bulls are averaging 96.3 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Chicago is just 19th in shots made inside the arc.
Spurs Team Defense
Facing Chicago, the Spurs aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 122.5 points allowed per game (27).
San Antonio’s defense is currently forcing 15.6 turnovers per game, which is 28th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 10th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.9 rejections per game.
Bulls Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Bulls defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 48.3% of their games. Currently, they are 13 in the NBA at 113.1 points per game allowed.
In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Bulls defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 55.3% while allowing 37.4% from downtown.
Key Players For The Spurs And Bulls
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Devin Vassell is set to be the main scorer for the Spurs, recording 14 points and shooting 5/11 from the field. This season, he is averaging 18.2 points per game along with 3.4 boards.
On the other side, DeMar DeRozan is our projected leading scorer for the Bulls. We have him ending the game with a team-high 20 and grabbing 4 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 45.1%, and he is contributing 22.4 points per game on average.
Spurs vs Bulls Trends
- Across their last three road contests, San Antonio has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 0-3, while averaging 98 points per game.
- Across their last five home contests, Chicago has been good against the spread posting a mark of 5-0. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 119 points per game.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Spurs have a straight up record of 1-9. But, their mark vs the spread was just 5-5.
- In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Bulls have a strong straight up record of 2-1. In addition, their ATS record was 2-1 in these scenarios.
We’re putting our money on the Bulls to win, and have the projected score sitting at 110-105. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Bulls at -4.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 230.5 and given that our model is projecting 215 points between the teams, we like the under.
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