Chicago Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs: Betting odds and prediction

DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Bulls are looking to extend their winning streak from three games to four in what will be their third home contest in a row on the night of Feb. 14. Second-year head coach Billy Donovan and the Bulls are gearing up to face legendary head coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs at home at the United Center early this week as this team looks to continue to head in the right direction in the Eastern Conference standings.

Following a closer than expected 106-101 win at home back on Feb. 12 over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Bulls come into this meeting with the Spurs sporting a record of 36-21. The Bulls currently lead the Central Division standings and sit one game behind the Miami Heat for the top spot in the standings in the East.

Meanwhile, the Spurs come into this matchup against the Bulls with a record of 22-35 following their Feb. 12 win on the road over the New Orleans Pelicans by a score of 124-114. The Spurs have won two games in a row coming into this one.

Here’s a look at the betting odds and game prediction as the Bulls get set to host the Spurs at the United Center in Chicago on Feb. 14, with tip-off time set for 7 p.m. CT.

Chicago Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs betting odds

According to WynnBet, the Bulls are a 3.5-point favorite over the Spurs in this game. And the over/under is set at 234.5 points.

The ESPN matchup predictor gives the Bulls a 46.3 percent chance to beat the Spurs.

Chicago Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs prediction

According to the latest NBA injury report on Feb. 14, the Bulls are set to have star shooting guard Zach LaVine absent in this matchup against the Spurs as he’s still dealing with a left knee issue. This will be the second straight game where LaVine is missing for the Bulls with this lingering knee issue.

The Bulls also have forward Derrick Jones Jr. listed as “probable” and wing Javonte Green listed as “questionable” for this game as they’re dealing with various injury issues too. DJJ and Green both played for the Thunder, though, in their last game against the Thunder on Feb. 12.

With LaVine out for the second consecutive game, this will continue to put the onus on star forward DeMar DeRozan and center Nikola Vucevic to carry the bulk of the scoring load for the Bulls. That was the case in the Bulls’ close win over the Thunder over the weekend. And it looks to be the likely scenario against the Spurs on Feb. 14.

The good news is that DeRozan is one of the hottest scorers in the East of late. He’s scored 30+ points in six consecutive games and 35+ in each of the last five. DeRozan is scorching hot of late in terms of his offensive production for the Bulls.

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This matchup against the Spurs is one of just two games that the Bulls have left on the docket before the All-Star Break begins. The last will come on Feb. 16 at the United Center against the Sacramento Kings.