The Chicago Bulls (41-26) kick off a three-game Western Conference road trip Monday night against the Sacramento Kings (24-45). Tip-off is 10 p.m. ET at Moda 1 Center. Below, we look at the Bulls vs. Kings odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Bulls have won two in a row and have been super streaky. Before their two consecutive wins, they had lost five straight games after winning six in a row. They are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, but only three games behind the first-place Miami Heat.
The Kings are struggling. They have lost four straight and nine of their last 11 games. This game opens a four-game homestand that includes three playoff-bound teams from the East and then the first-place Phoenix Suns.
Bulls at Kings odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Bulls -175 (bet $175 to win $100) | Kings +140 (bet $100 to win $140)
Against the spread (ATS): Bulls -3.5 (-120) | Kings +3.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 235.5 (O: -111 | U: -108)
Bulls at Kings key injuries
F Zach LaVine (knee) questionable
F Patrick Williams (wrist) out
G Terence Davis (wrist) out
G Justin Holiday (non-COVID illness) questionable
C Alex Len (back) questionable
Bulls at Kings odds, lines, picks and predictions
Kings 114, Bulls 111
The Kings are so hard to gauge. They play much better at home (15-20) than on the road (9-22), while the Bulls are only pedestrian (16-16) on the road.
The Kings have home wins over the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks. They come up with impressive wins from time to time.
Tonight, I’m going for the upset to kick off the homestand for the Kings.
Take the KINGS (+140).
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Against the spread
The Bulls beat the Kings at home 125-118 on Feb. 16. Seven of their last eight wins have been by at least five points. But they are 14-17-1 ATS on the road this season. They covered the spread in their last win but failed to do so for six straight games.
The Kings have covered the spread in five of their last eight games.
They are 32-36-1 ATS overall but 17-18 ATS at home.
Expecting the outright win for the Kings, naturally I have KINGS +3.5 (-105).
The Kings-Bulls matchup in Chicago last month went for 243 total points, but that was one of only two games in the last 11 for the Bulls to finish with more than Monday’s projected total.
Four of the Kings’ last six games would have been under the 235.5 projected total.
The Kings are 17-18 O/U at home, while the Bulls are 15-16-1 O/U on the road this season.
Take UNDER 235.5 (-108).
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