Golden State Warriors at Chicago Bulls Predictions 1/14/22

by | Jan 14, 2022 | nba

Golden State Warriors (30-11 SU, 23-16-2 ATS) vs. Chicago Bulls (27-12 SU, 23-16 ATS)

When: Friday January 14 2022, 08:00 PM (ET)

Where: United Center: Chicago, Illinois

TV: ESPN

Point Spread: GSW 3.5/CHI -3.5 (Opened at CHI -3.5 (BetNow - They’ll give you a 100% real cash bonus up to $1000 on your first deposit! The biggest bonus offer on the web!)

Total: 222.0 (Opened at 222)

Money Line: Golden State +131/Chicago -157)

Power Rating: GSW -6

Probable Starting Lineups

Warriors: PG Stephen Curry, SG Jordan Poole, SF Andrew Wiggins, PF Otto Porter Jr, C Kevon Looney

Bulls: PG Lonzo Ball, SG Zach Lavine, SF Alfonzo McKinnie, PF Demar DeRozan, C Nikola Vucevic

Key Injuries

Warriors
Draymond Green: calf (OUT) James Wiseman: knee (OUT)

Bulls
Alex Caruso: foot (QUESTIONABLE) Tyler Cook: ankle (QUESTIONABLE) Javonte Green: groin (QUESTIONABLE) Derrick Jones Jr.: leg (QUESTIONABLE) Patrick Williams: wrist (QUESTIONABLE)

Recent Form

The Golden State Warriors enter today’s game, having lost two straight games. As of late, the Warriors have struggled to pick up wins, having won just 5 of their past ten games. As the road team, the Warriors travel to Chicago with a positive plus-minus of rating 1.0 points. Overall, Golden State is ranked 1st among NBA teams in point differential (0.9). Among NBA teams, they have played the 4th toughest schedule.

For bettors, taking the Golden State Warriors to cover the spread has been a winning bet as they have covered the spread in 59.0% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is 2.7.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is PG Stephen Curry. So far, Curry is averaging 26.45 points per game while knocking down 4.95 three-point shots per game. Behind him, Andrew Wiggins is the team’s second-leading scorer at 18.6 points per contest while knocking down 42% of his looks from downtown.

The Chicago Bulls enter today’s game, having won eight of their past ten games. When playing away from home, the Bulls are an above .500 team, having gone 15-5. As they get set to host the Warriors, Chicago has a positive home plus-minus of 6.7 points. Overall the Bulls are ranked 8th among NBA teams in point differential (-0.9). So far, they have played the 23rd most difficult schedule.

For bettors, taking the Bulls to cover the spread has been a winning bet as they have covered in 59.00% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is 0.9.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is SG DeMar DeRozan. So far, DeRozan is averaging 25.97 points per game. The Bulls’ best three-point shooter has been Lonzo Ball, connecting on 3.12 shots from downtown per game. Ball has also helped the team on the boards, grabbing 5.53 rebounds per game.

An Eye On Pace

Coming into this game, the Warriors and Bulls are both in the lower half of the league in pace. So far, Golden State Ranks 23rd in field goal attempts per contest compared to Chicago at 19th. However, Golden State ranks 3rd in three-point attempts despite having fewer possessions than most teams. On the other side, the Bulls take the fewest three-pointers per game.

Key Matchups

On the defensive end of the court, Golden State comes into this game as one of the best teams in the NBA. On the season, they are ranked in the top 5 in several major statistics, including opponent three-point shooting percentage, points in the paint allowed, and turnovers generated. However, given that the Warriors are playing on back-to-back nights and missing Draymond Green, look for Chicago to have a big game on offense. So far, the Bulls have been one of the most efficient units in the league, ranking 2nd in overall field goal percentage.

The Historicals

Tonight’s game between the Bucks and Bulls will be their second meeting of the season, with Golden State winning the first game by a score of 119-93.

How the Public is betting the Warriors vs. Bucks

60% are betting the Bulls against the spread.

55% are wagering on the game to go Over the posted total of 225.5

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Warriors are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Warriors are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight-up loss.
  • Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as a home favorite.

Joe’s Pick To Cover The Spread

Heading into this game, the Golden State Warriors will be looking to bounce back after a blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. However, trying to accomplish this on back-to-back nights against the top seed in the East is a tall task. In addition, the Warriors will be without both Draymond Green and Klay Thompson as the team will hold him out of back-to-back contests. Look for Chicago to continue their hot play in a home win over Golden State that also covers the spread.

Prop Bets Worth Wagering

Heading into this game, both Zach Lavine and DeMar Derozan is capable of carrying the scoring load. I like Lavine to lead the team in scoring and surpassing his over-under prop in this matchup. Look for the Bulls guard to get plenty of looks from deep in what should be a high-scoring game. Note: Don’t forget to check our our Saturday-Monday NFL playoffs predictions!