Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/16/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Chicago Bulls (10-18) at Oklahoma City Thunder (11-14)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -6 -- Over/Under: 210 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Bulls pay a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday night.
The Chicago Bulls have been in decent shape lately as they’ve split their last eight games and they will be looking to build some momentum after taking down the Clippers in a 109-106 home win on Saturday. Zach LaVine led the team with 31 points on 11 of 21 shooting, Thaddeus Young and Denzel Valentine scored 17 and 16 points respectively, while Lauri Markkanen chipped in with 13 points, 17 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Bulls shot 47 percent from the field and 14 of 31 from the 3-point line as they squandered a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter before closing the game on an 11-3 run in the final 2:08 to steal the game against the shorthanded Clippers who were without their best player in Kawhi Leonard.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in similar form as they’ve split their last 10 games, but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling short against the Nuggets in a 110-102 road loss on Saturday. Dennis Schroder led the team in scoring with 22 points and four assists off the bench, Steven Adams added 18 points with 14 rebounds, Chris Paul scored 15 points with 10 assists while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 46 percent from the field and a miserly six of 23 from the 3-point line as they failed to get over the hump despite cutting a 15-point deficit to just five points midway through the fourth quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, 9-24 ATS in their last 33 games following a win and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games, 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
The Bulls have discovered a bit of form after a rough start to the season and they will be feeling pretty confident after taking down the highly-touted Clippers on Saturday. However, the Thunder had won five of six before losing their last two to streaky teams in the Kings and the Nuggets, so it’s no surprise they’ve opened as favorites in this one. The Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and I trust them a little more than I trust the Bulls who rely heavily on the shooting of LaVine. With that being said, I’m going with the Thunder to get back in the win column in this one.