San Antonio Spurs vs Chicago Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls wrap up their 5-game home stand Wednesday night when they take on the San Antonio Spurs at 8 pm EST at the United Center. Currently, the Bulls are favored by 1.5-points while the total stands at 226.5-points, down from 228.5 at the opening.

The Spurs were able to atone for a 35-point road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers last Sunday to take out the struggling Detroit Pistons in the 2nd of a back to back 24 hours later as they were able to break open the contest in the 2nd and 3rd periods outscoring Detroit by a margin of 71-51 during this time. And despite the Pistons shooting 47% on the night, San Antonio made 57% of their shots from the floor along with 12 treys, 7 by reserves Patty Mills and Devin Vassell. Furthermore, the Spurs hammered Detroit on the boards 45-34, including racking up 10 offensive boards. Finally, San Antonio was able to cover as 1.5-point favorites; Yet, the team has struggled in this area as of late going just 3-4 in their last 7.

The Bulls picked up their 2nd-straight win as they ran away from the Oklahoma City Thunder at home Tuesday night thanks to dominating periods in the 1st and 3rd quarters as they were able to pick up their 18th win of the season while securing 2nd-place within the Central division. The team shot well over 50% from the field while Zack LaVine led the scoring attack with 40 points while accounting for 7 of the team’s 12 3-pointers. Lauri Markkanen also shot 50% on 14 shots to contribute 22 points in the win as the Bulls covered for the 2nd-straight game as 7-point favorites.

Chicago will take the floor for this contest seeking their 3rd-straight win over the Spurs, including their 4th in 7 home matchups. The Bulls also have a slight edge ATS at home versus San Antonio (6-4) while going 4-1 in this area in their last 5 at the United Center.

Spurs seeking 3rd win in 4 outings

San Antonio continues to lead the pack in the Southwest division; However, with the Dallas Mavericks being just 2-games behind, the team is currently in a fight to maintain the top spot. To make matters worse, LaMarcus Aldridge is already out indefinitely and may very well be traded soon while leading scorer DeMar DeRozan may miss his 4th-straight game as he continues to deal with personal issues. Despite their absence, the Spurs have kept themselves afloat thanks to solid performances from Dejounte Murray, who posted 19 points, 10 boards, and 6 assists versus the Pistons.

The bench for the Spurs has also been essential to their success during this time as Mills, Rudy Gay, along with Vassell continue to perform at a high level. In fact, coach Greg Popovich had praise for the rookie Vassell after their win over Detroit. “He’s really a bright young man,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said to Yahoo Sports. “He has a great personality, good teammate, he absorbs things. Being a rookie, (with) no real training camp or Summer (League) and then the COVID, he’s been exceptional.”

These 2 teams have not met since January of last year when the Bulls were able to pick up a 1-point win at the United Center, as this game was a back and forth affair throughout. Nonetheless, the Spurs were able to go up by 10 at the end of the 3rd only to be outscored in the final quarter by a 35-24 margin en route to the loss. Jakob Poeltl, who is coming off a 14 point, 12 rebound performance versus the Pistons, went for 10 and 8 in the loss while Mills led the bench with 25 points while accounting for 6 of the team’s 10 treys.

On the other hand, Gay chipped in 9 points in 21 minutes of play while Murray shot just 4 times in the loss ending with just 2 points.

Bulls look to keep their chemistry going

LaVine continued his scoring tear on the year shooting 15-20 from the floor versus the Thunder while seven-footer Markkanen posted 20+ points for the 3rd time in 4 outings as the Bulls were able to pick up a win and improve their position within the division. However, their recent success can be attributed to a shake-up within the starting 5 which sent Coby White along with Wendell Carter, Jr. to the bench for Thaddeus Young along with point guard Tomas Satoransky, who posted 17 and 13 points, respectively, versus the Thunder. Satoransky posted 7 dimes in 2 consecutive games since being inserted as a starter and has racked up big chemistry with LaVine.

“He knows that when we’re running in transition that I’m looking for him most of the time,” Satoransky said to the Chicago Tribune after Tuesday’s 123-102 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder. “We don’t need to even speak, we just see the floor. I see how he’s guarded, he knows how to cut and at what time. Satoransky dished out 6 assists in the Bulls’ 1-point home victory in January of last year versus the Spurs while going 5-9 from the floor for 13 points.

Young also posted double-digits in the contest with 13 points and 9 boards while LaVine paced the team with 23 points. However, it should be mentioned that the guard had a less than stellar shooting night finishing 7-22 from the floor along with 3-9 from long-range. On the other hand, each of the Bulls’ starters posted double-digits while the team shot 45% FG in addition to hitting 14 treys in the win. Markkanen did not suit up for the contest.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Spurs may indeed have one of the best benches in the league; However, the Bulls are playing great since inserting Satoransky and Young in the lineup.  Furthermore, they are winners of 4 of their last 5 against the spread as a home favorite while the Spurs have dropped 3 of their last 4 roadies.  In all, I see the Bulls keeping the wins rolling while covering for the 3rd straight game in this contest.

Prediction:
Chicago Bulls -1.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Spurs will likely be without DeRozan in the lineup for the contest (personal reasons).  And while Chicago is known for putting up huge numbers on the offensive end, the under has been the result in their last 3 games in addition to being 4-1 in the last 5 for the Spurs.  Furthermore, the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings between these 2 squads.  I like the under as the play in this showdown as well.

Prediction:
Under 226.5