Suns vs Chicago Bulls
The Bulls host the red-hot Suns tonight and even though Chicago is the underdog in this home game they have won three in a row against Phoenix.
Phoenix Suns (47-26) at Chicago Bulls (35-38)
Bovada has the visiting Suns as the odds favorite in this game by 3.5 points with a total of 217.
Tonight in the Windy City the desperate Chicago Bulls host the streaking Phoenix Suns. The Bulls have won two in a row, but they are still on the outside looking in being in the ninth position in the East only a single game back of eighth place Toronto.
The Suns have won seven in a row, which is their longest winning streak of the season, and they are tied with Denver for the fourth spot in the West. The last few games are important for the Suns, as they only trail second place Dallas by 1.5 games.
This season the Bulls are 21-15 at home and 37-34-2 against the spread and the Suns are 18-17 on the road and 40-32-1 ATS.
In their last game both teams won, as Chicago beat the Detroit Pistons 110-103 and Phoenix beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-105.
Both these teams have contrasting styles since Phoenix is the highest scoring team in the league, but only 28th in opponents’ points allowed while the Bulls only rank 23rd in scoring, but a respectable14th in opponents’ points allowed.
The Suns have a dynamic offense and they have been on fire in their recent win streak shooting 52.0% from the field, 42.4% from 3-point range, and they have been winning by an average of 16 points per game.
The Suns are not a good team on D, but they really need to contain Derrick Rose (20.2 ppg), who has torched them in his last three games against them averaging 25.3 ppg on 68.6% shooting.
Suns’ PG Steve Nash (16.6 ppg 11.1 assists per game) may not be 100% tonight, as he has an injured back. In the Bulls three game win streak over Phoenix Nash has averaged 5 turnovers per game and is only averaging 9.7 ppg and 7.3 assists per game.
Rebounding is important in this game, but each has injury issues to some frontcourt players, as the Bulls’ Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson have been playing through plantar fasciitis, but each should play tonight while Suns’ C Robin Lopez is out for 2 weeks with a back injury.
The Bulls need to slow the pace of the game, as if they get into a run-and-gun game with Phoenix they will lose. The Bulls have been able to do that in the past few years, as in the last eight games in Chicago the total has gone Under seven times.
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Wednesday Big Games
Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston Celtics
The Celtics are coming off their worst home loss of the season and they are currently tied with Atlanta for the fourth spot in the East. They would like to finish the season in the third spot to avoid playing Cleveland in a possible second round playoff match up. The Thunder are tied with Portland for the sixth position on the West, but only lead eighth place San Antonio by ½ game. The Thunder want to avoid finishing the season in the eighth spot so they do not have to play the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
Philadelphia 76ers at Charlotte Bobcats
The 76ers will not make the playoffs, but they can help play spoiler if they beat the Bobcats. Charlotte is in the seventh position in the East, but they only lead ninth place Chicago by three games and eighth place Toronto by two games.
Thursday Big Games
Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks
It looks as if the Magic will be the second seed in the East and while Dallas is also in second place they only lead third place Utah by ½ game and fourth place Phoenix and Denver by 1.5 games.
Portland Trailblazers at Denver Nuggets
Each of these teams will make the playoffs, but every game is still important for positioning. The Nuggets are tied with Phoenix for the fourth position in the West and Portland is tied with Oklahoma City for sixth.