San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls Predictions 2/14/22

by | Feb 14, 2022 | nba

San Antonio Spurs (22-35 SU, 30-27-0 ATS) vs. Chicago Bulls (36-21 SU, 33-23-1 ATS)

When: Monday February 14 2022, 08:00 PM (ET)

Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

TV: BSSW-SA

Point Spread: SAS +5/CHI -5 (Opened at CHI -5 at BAS - These guys let you bet on games at -105 odds instead of -110! HUGE savings!)

Total: 233.5 (Opened at 233)

Money Line: San Antonio 190/Chicago -230

Power Rating: CHI -4

Probable Starting Lineups

San Antonio Spurs PG Dejounte Murray, SG Devin Vassell, SF Keldon Johnson, PF Doug McDermott, C Jakob Poeltl

Chicago Bulls PG Ayo Dosunmu, SG Matt Thomas,PF Javonte Green, SF DeMar DeRozan, C Nikola Vucevic

Key Injuries

Spurs
Keita Bates-Diop: face (QUESTIONABLE) Josh Richardson: acquired (QUESTIONABLE)

Bulls
Lonzo Ball: knee (OUT) Alex Caruso: wrist (OUT) Javonte Green: foot (QUESTIONABLE) Zach LaVine: knee (QUESTIONABLE) Patrick Williams: wrist (OUT)

Recent Form

The San Antonio Spurs come into this game with an overall record of 22-35, placing them 12th in the Western Conference. Throughout the season, San Antonio has struggled in their 28 road contests, sitting at 11-17. Over their last five games, the Spurs have played well, picking up three wins. During this stretch, San Antonio is averaging 116.0 points per game, 4.0 points more than their season average of 111.8. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 109.0 points per contest. The Spurs have been picking up wins while holding opponents to an average of 112.0 points per game, similar to their season average of 111.6. In the Spurs most recent game, San Antonio took down the New Orleans by a score of 124-114

The Chicago Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 36-21, placing them 2nd in the Eastern Conference. So far, Chicago is above .500 at home, holding a record of 21-8. The Bulls have played well over their last five games, picking up three wins. During this stretch, Chicago is averaging 119.0 points per game, 7.0 points more than their season average of 112.3. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 109.0 points per contest. Even though the Bulls have been adding to the win column, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 116.0 points per game, up from Chicago’s usual rate of 110.3. In the Bulls’ most recent game, Chicago took down the Okla City by a score of 106-101.

An Eye On Pace

Heading into the game, the San Antonio Spurs are the 2nd ranked team in field goal attempts per game. However, even with this increased number of possessions, they are just the 26th ranked unit in three-point attempts. This tendency falls right in line with the Bulls are averaging the fewest three-point shots in the NBA.

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Key Matchups

A key matchup to watch in this game is if Chicago’s interior defense can hold up against one of the best inside scoring teams in the league. So far, this has been an area of concern for the Bulls, who allow the 8th most paint points per contest. On the other side, if San Antonio is going to pull off the upset, their defense will need to hold up against the most efficient shooting team in the NBA. For the season, the Bulls are hitting 48% of their field goal attempts.

The Historicals

Tonight’s matchup between the Bulls and Spurs will be their second meeting of the season. San Antonio picked up the 131-122 win in the previous match. Dating back to last year, the Spurs have won three in a row.

How the Public is Betting the Bulls vs Spurs

67% are betting the Bulls against the spread.

54% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 233.5.

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Spurs are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games.
  • The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
  • The Bulls are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

In this matchup, look for the Chicago Bulls to take care of business at home, picking up the win and covering the spread. With an over-under line of 233 points, Vegas sees this being a high-scoring game. If these two teams get involved in a shootout, I see Chicago benefiting the most, as they are a more efficient offensive unit.

Prop Bets Worth Wagering

My favorite prop bet of the night is to take Nikola Vucevic to have a big night scoring the ball. So far, the Spurs are one of the weaker teams at defending the paint. In addition, San Antonio struggles to keep opponents off the free-throw line. Bet your Spurs vs. Bulls and ALL your NBA picks for free this week by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $1000 at Betnow Sportsbook! It’s the biggest and best bonus from a legit online sportsbook!