San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls odds, picks and predictions

The San Antonio Spurs (22-35) visit United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls (36-21) Monday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Spurs vs. Bulls odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.

The Bulls continue are in the midst of a five-game homestand. They took down the Timberwolves 134-122 Friday and the Thunder 106-101 Saturday. They failed to cover as 9.5-point favorites in the 5-point victory over Oklahoma City.

The Bulls have covered 6 of their last 10 and are 33-23-1 against the spread (ATS) on the season.

They sit 2nd in the Eastern Conference behind their dominant offense which ranks 1st in field-goal percentage. The Spurs sit 6th in field-goal percentage, so they’re among the better shooting teams as well.

As for San Antonio, it has won 2 straight on the road, both as an underdog. The Spurs beat the Hawks 136-121 Friday as 8.5-point underdogs and defeated the Pelicans 124-114 Saturday as 6.5-point dogs. The Spurs are 6-4 ATS over their last 10 and 30-27 ATS on the season.

Spurs at Bulls odds, spread and lines

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Money line: Spurs +140 (bet $100 to win $140) | Bulls -175 (bet $175 to win $100)
Against the spread: Spurs +3.5 (-105) | Bulls -3.5 (-120)
Over/Under (O/U): 233.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)

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Spurs at Bulls key injuries

Spurs

Bulls

PG Lonzo Ball (knee) out
SG Alex Caruso (wrist) out
SF Javonte Green (foot) questionable
SF Derrick Jones Jr. (finger) probable
SG Zach LaVine (knee) out

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Spurs at Bulls odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Bulls 121, Spurs 115

Money line

PASS.

The Bulls (-175) are too expensive for my liking. Also, the Spurs beat the Bulls 131-122 in Texas the last time these two teams met (Jan. 28). San Antonio (+140) is the only playable side. Chicago is 21-8 at home.

I’d pass on betting either way here.

Against the spread

BET BULLS -3.5 (-120).

The Bulls have been the 5th-best covering team in the NBA. They are the best home-covering team in the league, going 19-10 ATS at United Center.

The Bulls will be able to limit the Spurs’ edges in this one Monday night.

San Antonio ranks 9th in offensive rebounding rate, whereas the Bulls sit 7th in defensive rebounding rate. The Bulls rank second in true-shooting rate, and the Spurs rank 20th in opponents’ field-goal rate.

Considering these and the Bulls’ dominance at home, I’ll take them to cover in this spot.

Over/Under

LEAN to the OVER 233.5 (-115).

This matchup went Over 250 last time these two teams met. I expect a similar result.

The Bulls rank 4th in offensive rating, and the Spurs rank 15th with both teams significantly worse defensively. The Spurs also rank 5th in pace and 2nd in field-goal attempts.

The Bulls are 31-25-1 O/U, while the Spurs are 29-26-2 O/U. So, it’s been profitable to back the Over for both teams.

Given the offensive firepower on both teams and the Bulls down their two best defensive guards (Ball and Caruso), I’d side with the Over in this one.

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Author: Naomi Berry