Spurs vs. Bulls Pick
Will the host Chicago Bulls keep it close with the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night at 8PM EST?
Oddsmakers at sports book Bovada.lv have set the Spurs as an 8.5-point favorite on the spread. The over-under sits at 202.5.
San Antonio enters with a 1-0 record following a 107-99 home win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday. Chicago is 0-1 after a 117-100 loss at Toronto Thursday night. The two matchups were split last year straight up, ATS and on the total.
The Spurs were led by LaMarcus Aldridge in the opener as he recorded 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Danny Green put in 17 points and Dejounte Murray scored 16. Rudy Gay scored 14 off the bench in his first game coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon while with the Kings. San Antonio outscored the T-wolves by a combined 13 points in the first and third quarters en route to the win.
Robin Lopez accounted for 18 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls on Thursday. Lauri Markkenen had 17 points and eight boards. Justin Holliday contributed 15 points and Denzel Valentine scored 12. After trailing by only two through one quarter, Chicago was outscored 33-14 in the second quarter on the way to the defeat.
The under is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings, while the Spurs are 2-5 in their last seven meetings in Chicago.
The Spurs are looking strong once again, while the Bulls are.... well, they're not. The Spurs are currently without the injured Kawhi Leonard, but Aldridge is filling in nicely as the go-to option on offense in the meantime. Chicago has been hit hard by injuries with the team's leading returning scorer, Nikola Mirotic, out with facial injuries suffered during a practice fight with teammate Bobby Portis. Even though the Bulls are at home, the veteran Spurs have enough in their arsenal to cover the number.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: SAN ANTONIO SPURS -8.5
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