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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Chicago Bulls Odds
Chicago looks to cover the Bulls-Thunder pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 3-1 mark when they host Oklahoma City in NBA action.
The Thunder will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 2-1-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bulls are 1-3 ATS. Oklahoma City is 0-3-1 against the total, while Chicago is 2-2 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Bulls as 1.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 192.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 1 (Bulls) and the No. 2 (Thunder) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 103-100 result in favor of the Bulls is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 14-ranked offense (97.2 PPG) against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 6 at 92.5 PPG. The Bulls have averaged 45.6% from the field per game, almost the same as the Thunder have managed so far this season (45.6% on average).
Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, giving up 86 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 23 in the league in scoring at home.
The Thunder were a 108-88 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Raptors. They covered the 9-point spread as favorites, while the total score (196) made winners of UNDER bettors. Oklahoma City cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Toronto out of the gym and running up a 108-88 score at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 99-93 winner as they battled the Magic at home. The Bulls failed to cover in the match as a 9-point favorite, while 192 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago earned a 99-93 victory over Orlando on Tuesday, getting 23 points from Luol Deng at United Center.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing Toronto are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Orlando are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
A few Thunder at Bulls trends to consider:
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
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 Chicago's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games
Chicago is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago's last 11 games at home
Oklahoma City home to Detroit, Friday, November 9
Chicago home to Minnesota, Saturday, November 10