Pointspread: San Antonio OFF
Total Line: OFF
The Chicago Bulls head west this Wednesday night to square-off against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in an inter-conference showdown between two of the best teams in the NBA. The tip-off is slated for 9 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Chicago closed-out the first half of this year’s 66-game abbreviated regular season with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and a five-game lead over Indiana in the Central Division. Heading into Tuesday night’s home game against New Orleans, the Bulls are 27-8 straight-up and 21-14 against the spread. They are 14-6 SU (13-7 ATS) on the road this season and the total has gone ‘over’ in 12 of the 20 games.
Derrick Rose has already missed 10 starts this season due to injury, but should be ready to go on Wednesday night. He leads a Bulls team that is averaging 97.3 points a game but holding its opponents to just 87.9 points.
San Antonio was the hottest team in the NBA heading into last week’s All-Star break with a 12-1 SU record in its last 13 games. The Spurs lead Dallas in the Southwest Division by three games with an overall record of 24-10 SU (20-13-1 ATS). They are 13-1 SU (10-4 ATS) at home this season with the total staying ‘under’ in 10 of the 14 games.
Manu Ginobili remains out of the lineup with a strained oblique, but longtime veterans Tony Parker and Tim Duncan continue to be the driving force of this team’s success with a combined 34.5 points per game. The Spurs are ranked fourth in the NBA in scoring with an average of 99.3 points a game.
The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against the West. The total has gone ‘over’ in five of their last seven games on the road.
The Spurs are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games against the East and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of their last eight home games.
Head-to-head, the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last five trips to San Antonio. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of the last eight meetings overall. The Spurs continue their dominance at home with a SU win, but look for Chicago to possibly cover depending on the closing spread. The Free Pick: San Antonio 92 Chicago 89
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