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Suns open as NBA underdog vs Bulls

Phoenix SunsChicago Bulls
20-12January 07, 2014, 08:00 | United Center14-18

The Chicago Bulls host Phoenix on Tuesday, looking to build on their 14-18 mark against the 20-12 Suns in NBA action at United Center.

Chicago will face the 20-12 Suns, who own a 22-8-2 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Bulls are 12-20 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Suns are 17-15 favoring the OVER.

View Phoenix Suns vs Chicago Bulls Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Bulls as -2-point Favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 191.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

This game pits the Bulls, currently No. 20 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Suns, who rate No. 5 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 93-89 victory for the Suns.

The Suns were a 116-100 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bucks. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score (216) made winners of OVER bettors. Gerald Green scored 24 points leading the Suns to a 116-100 victory over Milwaukee at US Airways Center on Saturday.

In their last action, Chicago was a 91-84 winner at home against the Hawks. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (175) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Bulls got 20 points from Mike Dunleavy as Chicago ran past Atlanta 91-84 on Saturday at United Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 91.34 PPG, against a Suns defense that ranks No. 15 at 100.47 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 42.2% so far, less than the Suns shooters have achieved on the year, 46.02% per game.

Next up:
Phoenix at Minnesota, Wednesday, January 8th
Chicago at Milwaukee, Friday, January 10th