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Warriors Begin Life Without Durant in Chicago

The Golden State Warriors will be forced to play without superstar small forward Kevin Durant for the first time tonight when they visit the Windy City to tangle with the Chicago Bulls. Oddsmakers initially set the Dubs as 6-point favorites with an OVER/UNDER of 219.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Warriors' last four games on the road against the Bulls.
  • The Bulls are 6-1 SU in their last seven games at home after losing their most recent home game.
  • The Warriors are 9-0 SU in their last nine games on the road after losing their most recent road game.

Durant was diagnosed with a bone bruise and an MCL sprain in his right leg and will be sidelined for at least the next four weeks as a result. The 28-year-old went down two minutes into Tuesday’s 112-108 loss to the Washington Wizards when Zaza Pachulia was shoved to the ground and fell back into Durant’s leg.

The Warriors have announced they’ll bring in veteran Matt Barnes to fill the void left by Durant. Stephen Curry has been ice-cold lately, as the sharpshooter has gone 2-for-20 from 3-point range over the last two contests.

Betting Chicago as a home underdog has been extremely profitable this season. In the Bulls’ last 10 as home dogs, they’re a sizzling 8-2 ATS.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Chicago Bulls opened as 6-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 219.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 115-105 win for the Warriors on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Golden State Warriors vs Chicago Bulls Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Bulls sit at 30-30 (30-30 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Golden State Warriors are currently 50-10 (28-30-2 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Chicago is 26-34 OU and Golden State is 26-34 OU. This season the Chicago Bulls are 30-30 overall and 30-30 ATS against the number, while the Golden State Warriors are 50-10 and 28-30-2 ATS. As for the totals, Chicago is 26-34 on the OU, and Golden State is 26-34. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Golden State injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Chicago Bulls rated this week at No. 18 and the Golden State Warriors sitting at No. 1.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Chicago's No. 22-ranked offense (102.9 PPG) against a Golden State Warriors defense that ranks No. 16 at 105.52 PPG. The Chicago Bulls have averaged 44.21% from the field per game, less than the Golden State Warriors have managed so far this NBA season (49.82% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Golden State suffered a 112-108 loss against Washington on Tuesday, getting 25 points from Stephen Curry in a losing effort at Verizon Center.

The Bulls got 19 points from Rajon Rondo, but it was Denver that prevailed in a 125-107 final on Tuesday at United Center.

Betting Trends
  • Golden State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Golden State is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State's last 5 games
  • Golden State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
  • Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Golden State at New York, Sunday, March 5th
Chicago home to Los Angeles, Saturday, March 4th

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