Suns vs. Bulls Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Bulls are listed as a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 213 points.
Phoenix comes in with a 7-14 overall record and 8-12-1 ATS after a 119-108 loss at Minnesota, its third defeat in a row. Chicago is 3-15 overall and 8-10 ATS following a 100-93 home loss to Miami, its fifth defeat in a row. The Suns won the season's first meeting on their home floor by a count of 113-105 back on Nov. 19. Phoenix is 2-1 straight up and 2-1 ATS in three meetings since the start of last season. The over is 2-1.
The Suns were led by Mike James with 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds off the bench in the loss at the Timberwolves. TJ Warren contributed 18 points and four boards. Troy Daniels added 13 points off the bench. Phoenix trailed 63-58 at halftime and were outscored 30-22 in the third quarter.
Jerian Grant tallied 24 points, three assists and two steals for the Bulls in the loss to the Heat. Justin Holiday had 15 points and three rebounds. Denzel Valentine added 14 points, 13 boards and seven assists. Chicago led 13-7 after a low-scoring first quarter, but were outscored 93-80 the rest of the game.
The Suns are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on one day's rest. The Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last six games versus a team with a losing straight up record.
Here is a matchup of two teams in full rebuild mode, but we have to give the Suns the edge here. Devin Booker is expected to return from injury and Phoenix already has a victory over the Bulls this season. We'll take the Suns to sweep the season series.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: PHOENIX SUNS +1.5