Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls Picks

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Oklahoma City Thunder
vs.
Chicago Bulls

Date/Time: November 8th, 8:00 pm EST

Television: TNT

Basketball Odds from Bookmaker

Point Spread: Thunder -2

Total: 191

 

NBA Betting Trends

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 6 games when playing Chicago
  • Oklahoma City is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Chicago
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oklahoma City’s last 10 games on the road
  • Oklahoma City is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road

Chicago Bulls

  • Chicago is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
  • Chicago is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
  • Chicago is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 8 games

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder hit the road on Thursday night for NBA betting action when they take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

Oklahoma City hasn’t gotten off to the greatest start to the campaign at just 2-2, but the signs are definitely there that this team is going to work and work the exact same way that it did before it shipped off James Harden to the Houston Rockets. The man that came back in that deal, Kevin Martin has done his job from a scoring standpoint, picking up 19.2 points per game this year, while both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, in spite of lousy shooting percentages by their own standards, are each averaging 20.8 points per game. Once those two numbers come up for the two stars, the Thunder will be fine. The only other concern is that literally no one else is scoring. Serge Ibaka is up to 10.5 points per game, and he figures to be a double-double threat every night out. Aside from that, there is a whole bunch of nothing for Head Coach Scott Brooks to be happy about from the rest of his team, but that’s the way this club has operated for years.

One look at the stats for the Bulls, and it’s clear what is missing. Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and Carlos Boozer are all cleaning up, as they are the top three scorers on the team, averaging 16.0, 15.8, and 13.2 points per game respectively. They’re also the top three rebounders as well at 8.8, 8.2, and 7.5 boards per game. That’s great for sure, but the fact that the first guard on the list in terms of scoring is Richard Hamilton at 12.2 points per game just isn’t a good sign. Nate Robinson has been a spark plug for sure, averaging 12.2 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game, but it he’s no Derrick Rose, and there aren’t many in the league that are. At some point if Rose doesn’t come back, someone is going to have to step into the fold and get the job done, because these guards just don’t cut it for a team that is hoping to contend for an NBA title this year.

Prediction:

About the only thing that the Bulls have going for them is that they play great team defense. They should be able to hold down Oklahoma City in this one, but we also have some reservations about the Bulls’ ability to score as well. Don’t be shocked if this one doesn’t come close to the ‘total’. Bulls 94 – Oklahoma City 93

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Adam Markowitz

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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