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Torrid Warriors to Face Bulls

Golden State Takes League-Best Record into Matchup vs Chicago

The Golden State Warriors are flying and they’ll look to continue their impressive start against the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls have also made an impressive start in the Eastern Conference, and there are some who think this could be an early preview of the NBA Finals.

Bulls vs Warriors
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NBA betting lines have Golden State as -5½ favorites, which is to be expected for the home side on a 10-1 tear.

Bulls Covering Spreads

The Chicago Bulls are 8-3 overall and 8-3 against the spread after covering the number in their last two games.

Bettors were cautious after they lost consecutive games to Philadelphia, but they rebounded with a 118-95 win over Brooklyn where they covered the spread by 24 points.

That was backed up with an easy cover over Dallas, so bettors have had a profitable time backing the Bulls.

The 117-107 win against Dallas was impressive, especially after enduring a tough first quarter. They knuckled down and turned the tables to take a comfortable halftime lead.

Odds for the Bulls to win the NBA championship are shortening with what feels like every game they win. A popular pick with the sportsbook, beating the Golden State Warriors would see those odds firm even shorter.

However, losing Nikola Vucevic to COVID-19 is a big blow. He’s their big man in the saddle, and he was just starting to hit his offensive straps.

Without Vucevic, the Bulls will need to rely on the sharp shooting of Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan. They can take over the game, so the Bulls always have a chance of covering a 5½ spread with them in the game.

Warriors at Their Best

We expected the Golden State Warriors to have a good season, but we weren’t expecting a 10-1 start.

They are not only winning games, but they are 7-3-1 against the spread. For a team that attracts plenty of betting online attention, that’s an impressive number.

Having the best offense in the NBA is the primary reason for their success. They score the most points on average with 115.9, and that’s without Klay Thompson. Steph Curry and Jordan Poole have been putting up big numbers, especially from the three-point arc.

They rank fourth in the NBA from deep, but it would be remiss to overlook the defense. It ranks third-best in points per game with 102.3, so the Bulls could have a tough time getting up quality shots.

The Warriors are also getting help from Andrew Wiggins, who scored a season-high 35 points in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Andrew was just fantastic, the aggression from the beginning of the game, loved his energy,” coach Steve Kerr told ESPN. “Obviously he was pretty excited to play against his old team. We needed everything he brought us tonight.”

Bulls vs Warriors Pick

It’s not easy to bet against the Bulls with a sizable head start, but we can’t overlook how well the Warriors are playing.

With Vucevic out of the game, the Warriors should get plenty of offensive rebounds. It could be a breakout offensive game for Draymond Green, who has a big offensive game just around the corner.

Our NBA betting preview is confident in Curry the most, so we expect another top-level performance from the best shooter in NBA history.

Pick: Golden State Warriors -5½

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