Oklahoma City Thunder vs Chicago Bulls Predictions, Free NBA Picks 2/25/2020
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City -6.5
United Center is the site where Coby White and the Chicago Bulls (20-38, 3rd in the Central Division) will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (35-22, 3rd in the Northwest Division) on Tuesday. The line on this contest has Oklahoma City as 6.5 point favorites. The over/under is set at 215.5.
The Thunder are covering the spread 66.7% of the time, having gone 38-19-0 ATS. Chicago is covering 43.9% of the time, going 25-32-1 against the spread.
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
02/23/20 SG Terrance Ferguson Back left last game, is questionable Tuesday vs Chicago
02/10/20 SF Darius Bazley Thumb is out indefinitely
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
11/08/19 SF Otto Porter Jr. Foot is out indefinitely
02/23/20 F Wendell Carter Jr. Ankle is questionable Tuesday vs Oklahoma City
02/23/20 SG Denzel Valentine Hamstring is questionable Tuesday vs Oklahoma City
02/23/20 PF Luke Kornet Ankle is questionable Tuesday vs Oklahoma City
02/21/20 SF Chandler Hutchison Shoulder is out indefinitely
02/04/20 PG Kris Dunn Knee is out indefinitely
01/24/20 PF Lauri Markkanen Pelvis is out indefinitely
Chris Paul averages 17.5 points per game in 31.7 minutes per contest. He averages 6.7 assists per contest and 5.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 90%. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander comes into this contest averaging 19.4 points per game while playing 35.5 minutes per night. He pulls down 6.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is at 81%.
Zach Lavine averages 25.2 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.8 rebounds per contest and 4.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 82%. Coby White averages 11.9 points per game while playing 24.7 minutes per contest. He grabs 3.5 rebounds per game and has 2.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is at 77%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Thunder allow 107.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 10th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 14th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.2 rebounds a game which ranks 11th, and they give up 22.9 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 14.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the league. Oklahoma City averages 111.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.2 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 16th in the league. They average 43.3 rebounds per game and 22.1 assists per contest, which ranks them 21st and 27th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 24th with 13.5 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Bulls surrender 109.5 points per contest, which ranks them 12th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 48% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 24th and 13th in those defensive statistics. They rank 24th with 25.4 assists allowed per contest, and 18th with 45.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Bulls are 30th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 18.2 per game. Chicago is 25th in the league with 106.4 points per game this year. They are 25th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -3.1. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They are 30th in the league in rebounding with 42.2 boards per game and 24th in assists per contest with 23.1. The Bulls are 4th in turnovers per game with 15.8.
The Thunder are 13th in the league in defensive rating with 108.6, and their offensive rating of 111.8 is ranked 10th. They are 23rd in the NBA in pace with 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 9th. As a unit they are 7th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 25th in the NBA. Oklahoma City is 22nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 20th in the NBA.
Chicago is 3rd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 5th in the league. The Bulls are 25th in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.1, and their defensive rating of 109.1 is ranked 13th. In terms of pace they are 16th in the league with 99.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 24th. As a team they are 26th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Thunder/Bulls NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Oklahoma City -6.5
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