|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NBAOne of the biggest matchups in the NBA on Thursday night features the Oklahoma City Thunder taking on the Chicago Bulls. The game at the United Center is scheduled to tip off at 8:00 PM ET, and will be televised on TNT Sportsnet. Currently, the Bulls are slight home favorites in the betting odds.
The Thunder are 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS so far this season. They are 1-1 on the road, and two of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other two going UNDER. They are coming off of a 110-105 loss to the Houston Rockets, where they lost against the spread as 4 ½ point road favorites. The total went UNDER the 217 ½ point line set by the sportsbook in that one.
The Bulls are 3-2 SU and 1-4 ATS overall this year. They are 2-0 at home, and two of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other three going UNDER. They are coming off of a 130-105 blowout loss to the Charlotte Hornets, where they lost against the spread as 4 point road underdogs. The total went OVER the 193 ½ point line set by oddsmakers for that game.
Oklahoma City is 9-4 ATS on the second game of a back-to-back, and 4-9 ATS against the Central Division. They are 2-5 ATS against teams with a winning record, and 1-4 ATS on the road. The total has gone OVER in 5 of their last 6 games on Thursday, and OVER in 5 of their last 6 against the Eastern Conference. The total has gone OVER in 7 of their last 9 on the road against teams with a winning record at home, and OVER in 12 of their lats 16 on the road.
Chicago is 5-1 ATS on Thursday night, and 3-7 ATS against the Northwest Division. They are 1-4 ATS against the Western Conference, and 1-5 ATS overall. The total has gone UNDER in all 4 of their recent home games, and OVER in all 4 of their recent games against the Western Conference. The total has gone OVER in 5 of their last 7 against the Northwest Division, and UNDER in 7 of their last 10 against teams with a winning record.
Between these teams, the Thunder are 5-2 ATS overall lately, and 10-4 ATS when playing in Chicago. The favorite is 7-2 ATS in this series. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 5 matchups in Chicago.
They last met in March 2015, when the Thunder won 109-100, and won against the spread as 7 point home favorites. The total went OVER the 204 point line that was set.
For Thursday night's game, most sportsbook experts have the game as a pick'em, while a few have the Bulls as a 1 point home favorite. The over/under is set at 208 points.