The Chicago Bulls will travel to face the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday in the fourth of a six-game road trip. After losing four straight, the Bulls (9-11) are back on track, going 3-1 with two road wins and a loss in overtime, while the Suns (14-6) are on a five-game winning streak.
In their last game, the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 114-107, getting solid performances from their big three and help coming off the bench. Devin Booker had a 44-point night for the Suns to beat the Sacramento Kings 122-117 and remain atop the Western Conference.
Bulls Reaping Rewards of Health
Health has been the biggest question for the Chicago Bulls all season. Zach LaVine has been dealing with a knee injury, and Coby White, a crucial player off the bench, has missed eight games and is just getting back into a regular role.
While overall, the Bulls have been a bad team on the road (4-6), they just beat the Jazz, lost in overtime to the Oklahoma City Thunder and beat the Milwaukee Bucks in their last three away games. The solid play goes back to a win over the Boston Celtics, giving them two wins over the top teams in the Eastern Conference over the last four games.
DeMar DeRozan, who has been the anchor for this team, has yet to miss a game. He raised his play another level during this stretch, averaging 30 points with five rebounds and six assists. Nikola Vučević has also averaged a double-double while LaVine is gradually regaining his rhythm.
White has been crucial in the last two wins, with 14 and 15 points off the bench, in a role that allows him to have freedom while the stars rest. Chicago’s bench is in the bottom half of points per game, and White’s return should boost that number.
Scoop on Free Play from the Locker Room
Suns Own Best Home Record
The Phoenix Suns have been one of the best home teams in the NBA, tied for the most wins at 11 and losing only once. This five-game winning streak is partly because the first four games were at home.
This quality of play has not been through the offense, which is barely outside the top 10 points per game at home. The defense has been the driving force, with the second-best defensive rating for a home team (105.9). On the road, the defensive rating has been a lot worse, going up to 114, the 10th worst in the NBA.
In the last game, Mikal Bridges filled the stat sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and six steals, which he needs to keep doing as one of the top players. He has been a lot more inconsistent on the road. Deandre Ayton has recently been what the Suns need him to be as the second highest-paid player on the roster with six straight double-doubles.
Booker has been better on the road, averaging 32.9 points, with his top three scoring performances all away.
Bulls vs Suns Game Injuries
Bulls vs Suns Head-to-Head
The Suns have won the last five games against the Bulls, winning by 27 points at home last season.
Bulls vs Suns Game Information
- Game: Bulls (9-11) vs Suns (14-6)
- Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 9 p.m. EST
- Bulls vs Suns Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Bulls vs Suns Betting Lines
Bulls vs Suns Picks & Prediction
This will be a challenging game for the Bulls, who up until now have been bad on the road and are facing a Suns team that is good at home. With the way the Bulls have been playing and the talent on their roster, they may keep it close.
However, the Suns should extend their winning streak to six. Booker is coming off a great game while the rest of the team is starting to settle into the season with the added advantage of being at home.
The Phoenix Suns are listed at -225 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Suns, you have a chance to win $44. The Chicago Bulls is +185, offering a chance to win $185 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Phoenix Suns a 69.23% chance to win, with the Chicago Bulls at 35.09%.