Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 01/09/17 – Prediction
Written by: George Middleton
Oklahoma City Thunder (22-16) at Chicago Bulls (19-18)
NBA: Monday, January 9, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. ET
Line: Chicago -1.5
The Oklahoma City Thunder hit the road to take on the Chicago Bulls for a Monday night contest. This is the first of two meetings between the two teams this season. Oklahoma City has lost three of their four games, and Chicago has won three straight. Russell Westbrook leads the Thunder as he is averaging 31.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.3 assists. Chicago is led by star Jimmy Butler who is putting up 25.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.6 assists this season. The Thunder are eighth in the league in scoring (106.8 ppg) and the Bulls are 23rd in offense (101.8 ppg). Can Butler lead the Bulls to their fourth straight win?
Russell Westbrook leads Thunder to win
The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 121-106 on Saturday night. Oklahoma City outscored Denver 61-46 in the second half to take control of the game. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 32 points (7/12 threes), 17 rebounds, and 11 assists. Steven Adams went for 16 points and six rebounds in the win. Denver shot 40 percent from the field and Oklahoma City shot 48 percent. Enes Kanter wound up with 14 points and six rebounds. Denver out-rebounded Oklahoma City 53-49 in the contest.
Andre Roberson added 13 points and eight rebounds. Oklahoma City had trouble containing Wilson Chandler who had 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Cameron Payne added eight points in 13 minutes in his season debut. Payne missed the first few months of the year with a foot injury.
Bulls top Raptors in shootout
The Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 123-118 in overtime on Saturday night. Chicago went into the fourth quarter down 12 before outscoring Toronto 33-21 in the quarter. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 42 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Dwyane Wade went for 20 points and seven assists. Chicago shot 39 percent from the field and Toronto shot 44 percent. The key in the game was rebounding as the Bulls out-rebounded the Raptors 60-41. Doug McDermott wound up with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Chicago had trouble containing DeMar DeRozan who had 36 points and eight rebounds. Nikola Mirotic added 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench. The Bulls improved to 12-7 at home this year.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are:
- 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- 12-4 ATS in their last 16 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win.
The Chicago Bulls are:
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest.
- 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall.
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest.
Oklahoma City has a big edge with Westbrook at point guard and they will take advantage. Butler will have another big game for the Bulls but it won’t be enough. Oklahoma City is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
The pick: Oklahoma City
George has his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Communication Studies, minored in Journalism. He is an editor at Fansided powered network Air Alamo (San Antonio Spurs) and an NBA writer at RantSports. Plays in multiple basketball leagues. Has placed bets since the age of 15. Love watching basketball, baseball, and football games. Also loves Hip-Hop.
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