The Chicago Bulls (18-35) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (34-23) clash at United Center. The Bulls are 6.5-point underdogs and will attempt to put an end to their seven-game losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 215.5 points and it will air on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Chicago Bulls ATS Odds
Both teams fell in their last matchup. The Bulls fell to the Sacramento Kings, 104-98, while the Timberwolves lost a winnable game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 140-138.
Minnesota had a better turnover percentage (10.1 vs. 13.3) while Chicago did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (20-24; 83.3 percent). Bobby Portis had a good outing for Chicago, finishing with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns, meanwhile played a key role for Minnesota with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
Ball security could play a key role in this meeting. Chicago commits the fifth-fewest miscues in the NBA (turnover percentage of 13.0 percent), while the pesky defense of Minnesota forces the second-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 15.6 percent). Also, the Timberwolves’ third-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 111.9) will try to exploit the Bulls’ 26th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 108.5).
Games featuring the Timberwolves have gone over the projected point total 50.9 percent of the time. Minnesota heads into the game with records of 34-23 straight up (SU) and 28-26-3 against the spread (ATS).
Games featuring the Bulls also have gone over the total 52.8 percent of the time. Additionally, Chicago owns records of 18-35 SU and 28-22-3 ATS.
The Timberwolves dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the last matchup, Minnesota won 117-89. Minnesota made good use of their 26 trips to the free throw line, making 23 of them (88.5 percent). Chicago, meanwhile, was just 9-13 (69.2 percent). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Pick
Free NBA Pick: SU Winner – Timberwolves, ATS Winner – Bulls, O/U – Under
The Bulls rank 16th in fast break points per game (11.1) while the Timberwolves rank 24th in fast break points allowed per game (13.2).
Minnesota ranks third in points off turnovers per game (18.6) while Chicago ranks 28th (14.2).
The Bulls rank seventh in three pointers attempted per game (31.1) while the Timberwolves rank 29th (22.1).
Minnesota ranks fifth in points in the paint per game (48.2) while Chicago ranks 26th (40.7).
Chicago averages 23.7 assists per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. Minnesota ranks 24th in assists allowed per game (24.2).
The Timberwolves rank fourth in rebounds allowed per game (41.4) while the Bulls rank 29th (46.0).
The Timberwolves rank third in steals per game (8.8) while the Bulls rank 23rd (7.1).
Minnesota ranks 22nd in blocks per game (4.2) while Chicago ranks 29th (3.7).
Minnesota ranks third in second chance points per game (14.4) while Chicago ranks 26th (10.5).
In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Chicago is 6-5 and Minnesota is 16-4.
In games where they reach 100 points, the Bulls are 16-17 and the Timberwolves are 32-14.
Chicago is 13-10-2 ATS at home, while Minnesota is 13-14-2 ATS on the road.
The Timberwolves have 15 overs and 14 unders in 29 road games.
The Bulls have 14 unders and 11 overs in 25 home games.
The Timberwolves are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Bulls are 0-5.
In their last five games, Minnesota has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Chicago has 4 unders and 1 over.
During their last five games, the Timberwolves have scored an average of 113.6 points per game (4.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 110.0 points per game (3.7 above their season average).
The Bulls’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.2, up from 5.8 for the season.