San Antonio Hauling Worst Losing Stretch
The San Antonio Spurs (14-39) will pay a visit to the Windy City on Monday night as they take on the Chicago Bulls (25-27). The Spurs have hit rock bottom with an eight-game losing streak, which is the worst current stretch in the association. Meanwhile, the Bulls are moving up the Eastern Conference standings after winning three of their last four games and hope to extend their two-game winning streak on Monday.
San Antonio is 1-9 overall and 2-8 against the spread (ATS) over the last 10 games. However, the Spurs have hope with their first-round rookies steadily improving. Will the rookies shine once again? The Bulls have other things in mind, as they are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
Spurs Rookies Elevating Play
The Spurs have been one of the NBA’s worst teams. In fact, their 14-39 record is the third-worst mark in the association. NBA odds have the Spurs’ projected win total at 20½. For now, San Antonio is focused on developing its young pieces. First-round rookie Jeremy Sochan and wing Malaki Branham are beginning to hit their strides.
In his last two full-game appearances, Sochan scored 30 and 17 points while shooting a combined 44.4% on 3-pointers. He is questionable for Monday with a back injury.
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Branham is averaging 24 points in the last two games while shooting 69% from the field. His 48 points during the two-game span are the most by a San Antonio rookie since the 1997-98 season.
The Spurs will need their rookies to star once again, as point guard Tre Jones (12.8 points) is questionable with a foot injury. Plus, shooting guard Devin Vassell, who was enjoying a breakout season at 19.4 points per game, will be out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury.
The Bulls could be a tough matchup, as they have allowed fewer than 110 points in three of the last four games.
Chicago Chasing Playoff Spot
The Bulls have one clear goal – make the playoffs. According to NBA lines, Chicago is +240 to make the playoffs. Of course, the Bulls would like to avoid the Play-In Tournament, which would require a No. 6 seed or higher. That seems unlikely with Chicago holding the No. 9 seed, but it could be turning the corner after winning three of the last four.
This season could decide coach Billy Donovan’s future. He is on the hot seat and will likely be fired if Chicago fails to make the postseason. The Bulls have simply been mediocre, ranking 15th in points per game and 17th in allowed points per game. Their average score margin is about dead-even at +0.3 (17th). Chicago’s shooting efficiency is the only area that truly stands out.
The Bulls are fourth at 49.1% shooting and eighth at 37.1% on 3-pointers. Over the last four games, they are shooting 45.1% on 3-pointers (51 of 113). The Spurs rank 30th in opponent 3-point percentage. San Antonio has allowed at least 13 made 3-pointers in two of the last three games. Prop bets for Chicago’s shooters could be a great option. Forward Patrick Williams and guard Coby White are shooting at least 39% from deep in the last 10 games.
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Spurs vs Bulls Head-to-Head
Despite recent struggles from the Spurs, they have won four of the last five meetings with the Bulls. Plus, San Antonio is 5-1 ATS in the last six matchups.
Spurs vs Bulls Game Information
- Game: Spurs (14-39) vs Bulls (25-27)
- Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
- Day/Time: Monday, Feb. 6th, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Spurs vs Bulls Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Spurs vs Bulls Picks & Prediction
On Oct. 28, the Spurs beat the Bulls 129-124. San Antonio shot 16-of-38 on 3-pointers, and forward Keldon Johnson was 6-of-12 from deep. Johnson has enjoyed a good season as the Spurs’ leading scorer at 21.7 points per game. However, he has shot only 30.3% from beyond the arc over the last 10 games.
Chicago has a solid perimeter defense, ranking 11th in allowed 3-point percentage. The previous matchup seems to be an anomaly. Plus, the Spurs could be short-handed without Jones and Sochan. The Bulls have been extremely efficient, and San Antonio has allowed more than 120 points in four of the last five games. Take Chicago to cover.
Chicago is listed at -550 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bulls, you have a chance to win $18. San Antonio is +415, offering a chance to win $415 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Chicago an 84.62% chance to win, with the Spurs at 19.42%.
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Bulls vs Spurs Previous Game (Oct. 28, 2022)
The Chicago Bulls hope to shock the world and get to the NBA Finals in June as they hope DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine can continue to shine as elite scoring guards.
The San Antonio Spurs will likely be playing for the lottery this upcoming season, but they have the NBA on notice right now with a 3-2 record.
The Bulls are favored in this one, as they should be since they’re expected to go to the playoffs.