The Chicago Bulls welcome the Golden State Warriors to United Center for a marquee battle on Friday night. The Bulls are lights-out at home with a 15-5 record, and Chicago is 27-12 overall this season. Golden State is off to a fantastic start in its own right at 30-11, though the Warriors were blown out at Milwaukee 118-98 on Thursday. Klay Thompson (rest) is expected to miss this game, joining Draymond Green (calf) and James Wiseman (knee) on the bench. Gary Payton II (back) is day-to-day. Alex Caruso (protocols), Patrick Williams (wrist), Javonte Green (adductor) and Derrick Jones Jr. (knee) are out for the Bulls.
Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Chicago. Chicago is listed as the four-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 221.5 in the latest Warriors vs. Bulls odds. Before making any Bulls vs. Warriors picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Warriors vs. Bulls, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Bulls vs. Warriors:
Warriors vs. Bulls spread: Bulls -4Warriors vs. Bulls over-under: 221.5 pointsWarriors vs. Bulls money line: Bulls -190, Warriors +160GSW: The Warriors are 3-3 against the spread with no restCHI: The Bulls are 13-7 against the spread in home games
Featured Game | Chicago Bulls vs. Golden State Warriors
Why the Warriors can cover
The Warriors are enjoying a great deal of success in 2021-22, with strong units on both offense and defense. Golden State leads the NBA in defensive efficiency, allowing fewer than 1.03 points per possession. The Warriors are also No. 1 in the league in field-goal percentage allowed, with opponents making fewer than 43 percent of shots. Golden State also ranks soundly in the top five in 3-point defense, assists allowed and steals, with a top-tier defensive rebound rate of 74 percent.
Offensively, Golden State is scoring more than 1.1 points per possessions, assisting on nearly 70 percent of field goals to lead the NBA. The Warriors average more than 27 assists per game with a top-three mark in the NBA in shooting efficiency. Golden State bombs away from long distance, making more than 14 3-pointers per game, and the Warriors are a well-oiled machine on offense.
Why the Bulls can cover
Chicago has notable strengths on both ends. The Bulls are elite on offense, scoring more than 1.12 points per possession to rank in the top five of the NBA. Chicago’s shooting profile is immaculate, with top-three marks in field-goal percentage (47.5 percent), 3-point percentage (38.9 percent) and free-throw percentage (81.4 percent). The Bulls are strong in ball security, committing a turnover on 13.4 percent of possessions, and Chicago is above-average in generating 14.0 fast break points per game.
Defensively, Chicago is allowing 1.08 points per possession, and the Bulls are in the top 10 in 3-pointers allowed (11.4 per game) and two-point accuracy allowed (51.4 percent). Opponents are turning the ball over 14.5 times per game against Chicago, with the Bulls allowing only 23.5 assists per game. Golden State has turnover issues, giving the ball away on 16 percent of possessions, and the Warriors are in the bottom 10 of the NBA in both free-throw creation and prevention.
How to make Bulls vs. Warriors picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 215 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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