NBA Betting: Thunder at Bulls
- Updated: March 17, 2014
To VietBet customers, it was painfully obvious that the Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t do themselves a lot of good on Sunday, and now they are not only trailing the San Antonio Spurs by two games in the West, they are just a game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers. On Monday they will square off against a Chicago Bulls squad that is playing good basketball of late, as NBA betting action tips off at 8:05 PM ET at the United Center in the Windy City.
With a 109-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Thunder dropped to 48-18 straight-up, and they are now 36-30 when measured against the basketball pointspread. Chicago, which had Sunday off, has won 13 of its last 17 and sports a record of 37-29, which is just a half-game behind the Toronto Raptors, who hold third place in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 33-32-1 versus the points.
Oklahoma City comes off one of its more disappointing losses of the season, but they have covered just one of their last six road games.
Coaches like Gregg Popovich more often than not sit players in the second night of a back-to-back situation if they are looking to give them some rest. Scott Brooks did the opposite with Russell Westbrook, keeping him out against Dallas on Sunday and saving him for the Monday night game. Over the last five contests, Westbrook has averaged over 27 points over his last four, and he is shooting 50.% in the month of March. Needless to say, he will be welcomed back to the lineup.
In Sunday’s game, Kevin Durant scored 30 points (his 31st consecutive game scoring 25 or more points) and Serge Ibaka, who is getting more assertive on the offensive end, added 19. Steven Adams got a start at center in place of Kendrick Perkins, who has a groin injury. But the Thunder are getting very little in the way of production from him; he had two rebounds and did not take a shot in twelve minutes of action, although he did commit three personal fouls.
Oklahoma City, which had shot 54% in its previous meeting with Dallas and was 50% or better in four of its last six games overall, was held to just 37%. Dallas hit 13 of its 24 three-point attempts, and OKC has been feeling the absence of Thabo Sefolosha, an All-Defensive team member who will be out for up another month with a calf strain. Caron Butler has been logging some minutes to help pick up the slack, but he has shot just 36.6% in his last five games, andVietBet patrons know that he is not going to guard opponents with as much aplomb as Sefolosha.
The Bulls have been pretty sharp on defense lately, holding Houston to 35.4% and Sacramento to 36.5% in the two games coming into this one. In those two games they were out-rebounded by a 130-96 margin, but were +14 in the turnover category. Joakim Noah had 23 points, eleven rebounds and eight assists against the Kings. He is averaging 7.9 assists in the month of March, and there is little question among astute NBA bettors that with Chicago having lost Derrick Rose for the year and also having traded Luol Deng, Noah is one of the more valuable players in the league right now, even though he is not a likely candidate in the MVP race itself, which is more or less a two-man affair between Durant and LeBron James.
The Bulls have lost four straight games to the Thunder in this ongoing series. On December 19, Chicago shot just below 38% and allowed Oklahoma City to hit nine of 15 triples, yet still managed to cover the NBA basketball pointspread, which was 12.5 points, in the 107-95 defeat.
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