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Suns face Bulls: NBA odds preview

Phoenix SunsChicago Bulls
Jan 12, 8:00 PM | United Center

Phoenix Suns vs Chicago Bulls Odds

12-26TEAM RECORD20-14

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Suns travelling to Chicago Saturday to face the Bulls on Saturday.

Supporters of the Suns have seen them go 12-26 and 15-22-1 ATS so far this season, while the Bulls are at 20-14 and 13-21 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Bulls are 14-20, while the Suns are 17-21.

View Phoenix vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 191.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 29-rated Suns taking on the No. 9-rated Bulls in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 97-91 win for the Bulls on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Chicago's No. 10-rated squad against Phoenix's No. 27-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Chicago rates No. 30 in the league with 4.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 24 with 6 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Suns own the league's No. 29-rated mark, allowing 105.3 points per game when playing on the road. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 29 in scoring on their home court.

In their last action, Phoenix was a 99-79 loser on the road against the Nets. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (178) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Suns were blown out by Brooklyn on Friday, losing by a 99-79 final at Barclays Center in basketball betting action.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 108-101 winner as they battled the Knicks on the road. The Bulls covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog, while 209 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Bulls got a 33-point performance from Luol Deng as Chicago handed New York a 108-101 defeat on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing Brooklyn are 6-4
After a loss are 1-9

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing New York are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Suns at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Phoenix's last 13 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Phoenix is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Chicago
Chicago is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Phoenix
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Phoenix

Next up:
Phoenix home to Oklahoma City, Monday, January 14
Chicago home to Atlanta, Monday, January 14