NBA Picks: Bulls vs. Warriors

Darin Zank

Friday, March 15, 2013 2:49 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 2:49 PM GMT

The Chicago Bulls have been looking a little woozy as of late, losing four of their last five games. The Golden State Warriors struggled a bit a couple weeks ago, but seem as if they've righted their ship.

NBA Betting Preview: Bulls vs. Warriors

So, it looks like two teams with different attitudes at the moment getting together as the Warriors host the Bulls Friday night (10:35 pm ET).

Can Golden State come up with a third win in a row? Or can Chicago shake off its recent struggles and pull a minor upset for our NBA Picks?

Bulls-Warriors Game Preview

Chicago, playing a bit shorthanded lately, has lost four of its last five games, after getting punked by Sacramento Wednesday night 121-79. The Bulls shot just 39 percent from the floor and allowed the Kings to shoot 54 percent.

So, Chicago sits in fifth place in the East, 2.5 games behind fourth-place Brooklyn but only 2.5 games ahead of eighth-place Milwaukee.

Golden State recently went through a stretch in which it lost 10 of 13 games, but has won four of its last six, after beating Detroit Wednesday 105-97. The Warriors shot 57 percent from the field vs. the Pistons, but couldn't cover the spread as 11-point favorites.

So Golden State, in trying to lock down its first playoff berth in six seasons, occupies sixth place in the West, seven games behind fifth-place Denver and three games ahead of the eighth-place Lakers.

Also, check our NBA picks of the day for a winning Friday betting ticket.

Bulls-Warriors Betting Lines

As of Friday morning most books were chalking Golden State at -4.5 for this game, with an OVER/UNDER of 190.

Bettors out there who think Chicago might win this game outright can get the Bulls at +170 on the NBA odds board at 5Dimes.

Bulls-Warriors Injury Update

Chicago is, of course, still playing without G Derrick Rose, as he approaches the end of his rehabbing from that nasty knee injury. But the Bulls have also been trudging along lately without Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton and Taj Gibson, who are all dealing with various ailments. This might help explain, in part, their recent swoon.

Bulls-Warriors by the Numbers

Chicago ranks just 28th in the league in FG shooting at 43 percent, 27th in 3-point shooting at 34 percent but fifth in FT shooting at 79 percent. At the other end of the court the Bulls rank fifth in FG defense, holding opponents to just under 44 percent shooting, and they own a +2.2 per game rebounding margin.

Golden State ranks 11th in shooting at 45 percent, first from beyond the arc at almost 40 percent and third from the line at 79 percent. The Warriors also rank seventh in FG defense, holding foes to 44 percent shooting, and they're out-boarding foes by two per game.

Bulls-Warriors Head-to-Head

In the first meeting this season between these teams Chicago jumped out to a big early lead and cruised to a 103-87 victory at the United Center back in January. The Bulls shot 47 percent from the floor that night, held Golden State to 35 percent shooting and covered the spread as three-point favorites.

Hinrich scored 25 points that night on eight-of-11 shooting, and he, Hamilton and Gibson combined for nine boards and nine assists. However, those three are not likely to play Friday night.

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Bulls-Warriors Betting Trends

Chicago is 18-14 ATS on the road this season, although much of that was done earlier during the campaign.

The Bulls are also 27-37 on the OVER/UNDERS this season, as their games have averaged 184 total points.

On the opposite end of the spectrum the Warriors are 40-25 on the totals this season, as their games have averaged 201 points.

Bulls-Warriors Free NBA Pick

Chicago has struggled lately, while Golden State looks like it's on the upswing. And while the Bulls handed the Warriors a fairly convincing defeat six weeks ago, we expect Golden State to return the favor Friday night.

Take the Warriors at the -4 points offered at 5Dimes

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