Thunder Vs Bulls Odds, How To Bet & Where To WatchNoah Williams
Tonight’s first TNT NBA game features two teams that are worse for wear and missing their marquee players when the Oklahoma City Thunder storm into the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls at 8 PM ET.
The Thunder continue to play without forward Kevin Durant, who is out indefinitely after surgery on his earlier injured foot. The Thunder expect Durant to return to the lineup before the end of the regular season. The Bulls, meanwhile, have guard lost Derrick Rose after he suffered yet another serious knee injury a few short weeks ago. Rose is expected to be out until at least the end of March.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 5, 2015
A Closer Look At The Thunder Vs Bulls Betting Odds, How To Bet & Where To Watch
Now back to today. If the season were to end now, both teams would be in the playoffs. The Bulls would be the second seed out of the East, I don’t expect this to hold. The Thunder would be the eigth seed out of the West.
I still expect the Oklahoma City Thunder to be NBA betting favorites for tonight’s road tilt against the Chicago Bulls in a battle between two teams missing their stars.
Matchup: Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago Bulls
Date: Mar. 5, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Stadium: United Center
TV Info: TNT
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: Oklahoma City Vs Chicago
Oklahoma City’s Projected Starting Lineup: Serge Ibaka (PF), Kyle Singler (SF), Enes Kanter (C), D.J. Augustin (PG), Andre Roberson (SG).
Chicago’s Projected Starting Lineup: Pau Gasol (PF), Mike Dunleavy (SF) Joakim Noah (C) Aaron Brooks (PG), Kirk Hinrich (SG).
Surprisingly it took over half a season for these two teams to meet this season, which is disappointing with the abscense of Durant and Rose. These two will meet again in ten days for a rematch, both games will be on prime time.
OKC has won the last five games of the head-to-head series, including the two games they played last season (2013-2014). The Thunder has covered the spread in four of those five games, and five of the last six meetings between these two franchises have gone UNDER the game total.
In their last meeting, OKC handily beat the Bulls 97-85 in Chicago covering as 2.5 points underdogs on the strength of 35 points and 12 rebounds from Kevin Durant.
"I just go out there and … play to win," Durant said after that matchup. "If all that stuff comes with it, then that’s cool. We took their hit, and that’s what the game’s all about. There’s going to be a time when you’ve got things clicking. You’re up nine, we’d have pushed it up to 12, 15, but we didn’t find a way. But everybody stayed poised."
Oklahoma City has turned to enigmatic PG Russell Westbrook (26.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 8.1 APG) to lead the team in Durant’s (25.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.1 APG) absence. The Thunder offense averages 101.8 points per game (10th best in the NBA) and 20.6 assists per game (23rd). OKC defense allows 99.1 PPG (13th) and records 47.6 rebounds per game (1st).
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— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) March 5, 2015
All-star Westrbook has been lights out without Durant on the hard-court in the last four. He is averaging 37.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists in those four games, becoming the first player to post four straight triple-doubles since Michael Jordan had seven in a row in 1988-89. He’s also the first since Jordan to have back-to-back triple-doubles while scoring at least 40 points.
“It’s definitely a blessing,” Westbrook said, “but more importantly, I think it’s important that we’re winning.”
Chicago was forced to use its 19th different lineup this season in Tuesday’s 97-92 win over Washington, is most since using 20 in 2007-08.
“It’s going to be the collective effort. You don’t replace a Derrick or a Jimmy or Taj individually. We have to do it as a team,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They’re going to keep coming, they’re all tough. We’re going to need a lot of resiliency and a lot of fight.”
— Nikola Mirotic (@nikolamirotic44) March 4, 2015
Chicago will be led by shooting guard Jimmy Butler (20.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 3.3 APG) and Pau Gasol (18.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.0 APG). The Bulls offense averages 101.3 points per game (12th), and 21.6 assists per game (14th). Chicago’s defense allows 98.5 PPG, and 46.0 rebounds every night (2nd).
Butler will be out 3-6 weeks with an elbow sprain.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 2, 2015
The Thunder is 30-28-2 this season, 13-19-1 ATS away from home, 18-17-1 ATS favorites, and 12-11-1 ATS as underdogs.
The Bulls are 27-33 ATS this season, 12-19 ATS at home, 18-23 ATS as favorites and 9-10 ATS as underdogs, and 7-3 ATS in their last ten games vs. a team with a winning SU record.
“We just gotta hold the fort down until those guys come back, and I think a lot of the young boys really stepped up in a big game,” center Joakim Noah said.