The Chicago Bulls are inching closer to .500 on the season, winning back-to-back games and moving into the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago has a favorable matchup on Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs, coming into this game as double-digit favorites.
The Spurs are in full-on tank mode, losing eight straight games and nine of their last 10 matchups. San Antonio also could be without several key players in this game. Jeremy Sochan and Romeo Langford are listed as out on the team’s latest injury report while Keldon Johnson and Tre Jones are both questionable.
The Spurs don’t have a great roster to begin with, so many three starters and four rotation players would be a huge blow.
Can Chicago make this one easy on its fans and cover this massive spread?
Here’s a look at the odds and best bet for this game:
Spurs vs. Bulls odds, spread and total
Spurs vs. Bulls prediction and pick
There’s one key trend that I think favors the Bulls in this matchup, as the Spurs are just 9-14 ATS as road dogs, losing those games by an average margin of 12.2 points.
If the Spurs do end up missing Johnson or Jones in this game, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them struggle to score the ball in Chicago. San Antonio ranks just 28th in offensive rating this season and dead last in the NBA in defensive rating.
This is essentially a must-win for the Bulls if they want a chance of getting into the top-6 in the East. The team can’t afford to drop a home game to a far worse team, and the Bulls have been playing better as of late, winning six of their last 10.
I lean with Chicago to win and cover on Monday.
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