There are certain teams that we just expect to see in the playoffs every single year, but those expectations can quickly come undone when the injury bug decides to hit. Such has been the case with the Chicago Bulls. While most people think of the Michael Jordan era when talking about the Bulls, it’s worth remembering that this team has made the playoffs for 7 straight seasons, which just happens to be the third longest active streak in the NBA right now. Injuries have made an 8th straight appearance not as straightforward as it seemed earlier this season, and now the Bulls are going to be scrapping to hold on to a playoff spot all the way to the end of the season. They are in for one of their toughest games of the season this Thursday night, as that is when they have to travel to San Antonio to face a Spurs team that just doesn’t lose at home. Be sure to head to our NBA betting Lines page to place all of your winning tickets.
How To Bet The Chicago Vs San Antonio NBA Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Thursday, March 10 at 8 PM EST
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
NBA Odds: TBA
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Why bet on the Chicago Bulls
Of all the injuries that have plagued the Bulls (32-30) this season, it is perhaps the one to Jimmy Butler that is having the most negative effect. Chicago has pretty much gone in the tank without Butler in the line-up, and they are seeing their defensive stats make a move in the wrong direction without him. You have to give the Bulls a little credit for hanging in there, though, as their back to back wins in their last two games has seen them improve to 5-5 in their last 10. They are now a half game up on the Detroit Pistons for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but that slender lead could be wiped out by the time this one is over on Thursday night. The Bulls are averaging 101.6 PPG, and are giving up 102.5 PPG.
Why bet on the San Antonio Spurs
To get an idea of just how huge a task this game is for the Bulls, simply take a look at the home record of the San Antonio Spurs (54-10). They have won 30-straight games on home court this season, and have pretty much made short work of any team that dares to enter their building. The Spurs remain just 3 games back of the Golden State Warriors, who just happen to be on pace to put together the best regular season record ever. The Spurs have dominated their conference foes, but they also have been big against teams from the East, going 21-5 against that group so far. It’s tough to see them losing a game on home court until they decide to perhaps start resting some guys. The Spurs are averaging 104.7 PPG, and are giving up 92.3 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It was the Bulls who came up with the win when these two teams hooked up earlier this season, but I would be stunned to see them do the double. This one is more a matter of how close they can keep things.
Chicago Bulls 94 San Antonio Spurs 106