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Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns
Where and when: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, Monday, 10:05 pm EST
After a disastrous end to game 1 of a three-game road trip, the Chicago Bulls will travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, for a Monday night matchup with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have played much better than the Chicago Bulls lately as they picked up a win in their last matchup versus the New Orleans Pelicans, which halted a two-game losing streak. Devin Booker put in yet another monster performance by scoring 40 points along with dishing out 13 assists in the victory. He was also responsible for sealing the game with two late free-throws in which to allow the Suns to win their sixth game in their last their outings.
The Chicago Bulls were certainly not that lucky in their last time out as they lost their fourth straight game after falling to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Chicago looked very good in the first half as they went up by six points at the break: However, they imploded in the second half is the Clippers exploded for 45 points in the third period. The Bulls also turned the ball over 16 times in the contest while also allowing the Clippers to dominate the offensive boards in having 15 on the night.
Forty for Booker catalyst for Suns win over Pelicans
Devin Booker is averaging 26 points along with 7 assists per game for Phoenix on the season on 46% shooting from the floor. Needless to say, he continues to put up big numbers since returning to the team after an injury early in the season as he has scored a point / assist double-double in two of the last four games.
His 40-point performance versus New Orleans was assisted by a 32-point effort by Kelly Oubre Jr, who also had four turnovers on the night. Booker finished the game with seven turnovers as well as each team had problems hanging onto the basketball with 22 turnovers apiece. Finally, Josh Jackson provided a lift off the bench with 19 points while Deandre Ayton had only eight points along with five rebounds in the slim, road victory.
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— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 17, 2019
After splitting a two-game road set, the Phoenix Suns will return home for their next two outings, beginning with a matchup versus the Chicago Bulls. These two teams have not matched up since November of 2018 as the Bulls were able to pick up an eight-point win at home thanks to 56% shooting from the floor along with 29 points from Zach Lavine.
The Suns, on the other hand, shot 49% for this matchup while Devin Booker struggled on the night, yet led the team with 23 points. DeAndre Ayton had 18 points along with 12 rebounds in the losing effort as the Bulls began to pull away late in the second half in which to edge the Suns in the end.
Bulls drop four-straight to Clippers
Levine scored 31 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists in their seven-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. This was Lavine’s first game back in the lineup after sitting out two prior contests with a knee injury. However, when in the lineup, Levine has certainly put up some big numbers for Chicago this season while shooting 47% from the floor along with 37% from long range.
Robin Lopez also contributed 22 points while grabbing 12 rebounds in the losing effort while Otto Porter Jr went 3-5 from the arc in pouring in 15 points, as well. The problem was that Chicago had no answer for Danilo Gallinari (27 points), Montrezl Harrell (26 points), along with Lou Williams ( 21 points) as they spurred the Clippers to victory. In the end. Harold had three blocks on the night while Gallinari went 4-4 from long range. Williams struggled on the night, yet went 8-9 from the free-throw line during the contest as the Clippers picked up yet another huge victory.
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Chicago, on the other hand, has dropped four straight games, overall, and will be looking to win their next two outings in which to conclude their current three-game road trip on a successful note. On the other hand, the Bulls have dropped three straight road games entering this contest as each loss was by an average of 13 points.
- Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Under is 4-0 in Suns last 4 home games.
- Under is 7-1 in Suns last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Over is 4-0-1 in Bulls last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Over is 6-1-1 in Bulls last 8 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
As stated, the Bulls have dropped three straight road games while entering this matchup also losers of four-in-a-row. Phoenix, on the other hand, has been very competitive lately as they are winners of three of their last four home games, overall. And while they have a tendency to allow teams to be much too efficient on the offensive end in allowing 48% shooting on the season, aside from Levine, the Bulls have not had any type of consistent offense from any other player within the lineup on a nightly basis. With that being said, look for the Suns to blitz the Bulls in this contest as they will push the pace in which to put points on the board early and often en route to a victory.
Prediction: Pick: Phoenix Suns -125
Full-Game Total Pick
The over has been the play in three of the last four road games for the Chicago Bulls. On the other hand, the Suns will certainly be looking to extend the momentum of their most recent overtime victory over the Pelicans. It is for this reason that I strongly believe that the home team will put points on the board in this showdown. And while Chicago has struggled on the offensive end for much of the season, look for them to struggle on defense as well as they have allowed, on average, 135 points during their last four road outings.
Prediction: Pick: Over 227
Full-Game Prop Bet
Look for the Suns to get back on track at home versus a Chicago Bulls team that suffers from inconsistency, primarily on the offensive end, as stated. With that being the case, look for the home team to push the pace in this showdown as they will look to catch the Bulls on its heels throughout the contest en route to a convincing victory.
Prediction: Pick: Phoenix Suns -1.5
Half-Time Side Pick
Due to their ability to push the pace, look for the Suns to take a comfy lead going into halftime versus the Bulls on Monday night. Look for Booker to bring his A-game for this contest while Ayton will also dominate early and often for a Phoenix team that indeed have playmakers, yet, struggles on the defensive end.
Prediction: Pick: Phoenix Suns -1
Half-Time Total Bet
With both teams currently having problems in stopping opponents with any type of consistency, look for the total to surpass its limit at the half as the home team will attempt to gain baskets in transition early. Also, they will push the pace in which to get to the free-throw line as well in what will be a high-scoring first half.
Prediction: Pick: Over 110
Half-Time Prop Prediction
Again, the Suns will control this game from the tip-off. And with their ability to convert on the offensive end while pushing the pace constantly, look for the home team to cash in on the spread at the half versus what continues to be a shaky Bulls squad.
Prediction: Pick: Phoenix Suns -125