The Bulls played a tough game last night in Atlanta, and now they welcome in the rested Warriors into Chicago tonight. The NBA Odds have the Bulls as +3 home underdogs here, with a total of 187 ½. Chicago has been pretty solid on the second night of a back to back this season, and I think it will play a roll in tonight’s game against the seemingly undervalued Warriors.
The Bulls are 7-3 ATS this season when playing on the second night of a back to back, and as home underdogs tonight, I think their value goes up even more on no rest. The sportsbooks are seemingly undervaluing Chicago at home, and overvaluing a Warriors team that is banged up and struggling.
The statuses of David Lee for the Warriors and Jimmy Butler for the Bulls could really make or break this play, but I like Chicago taking point either way it goes. The Warriors are a different team on the road than they are at home, and going up against a good defensive team like the Bulls won’t help their cause tonight. Kirk Hinrich is a solid defender and will at the very least slow down Stephen Curry. After Curry, there isn’t much scoring on this team if Lee still can’t go. Lee is expected to join the Warriors in Chicago, however his status for tonight’s game is still up in the air as of this morning. If Lee sits again, I really like the Bulls to cover.
My Pick: Bulls +3
Nets vs. Blazers
One of the late games this evening is an inter-conference showdown between the Nets and Blazers. The NBA Odds have the Blazers as -3 home favorites, with a total of 203. The Blazers had to play last night in Denver, and now they have to play a rested Nets team in Oakland. Will Portland overcome their tough win last night against the Nuggets, or will the Nets steal another West coast game?
Everyone has been blowing out the Nuggets without Ty Lawson, however the Blazers only bested them by five points last night on the road. Damian Lillard had an excellent game once again, but the Blazers were also without LaMarcus Aldridge once again. Now that they are at home, it will be interesting to see if Aldridge plays tonight. He reportedly was hoisting some shots prior to last night’s game, but before we see him doing pregame warm-ups, it is unlikely he plays tonight against the Nets.
With that being said, I think the spread is off limits. There is too much uncertainty with Aldridge to like either side of this spread, however I think the total may have a lot more value. At 203, the total should go over. On no rest this season, the Blazers have gone 10-5 cashing the over for our NBA Picks, and they have cashed the over at 14-7 in non-conference games this year.
My Pick: OVER 203