Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 3/31/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+5.5)
The Chicago Bulls (19-26) head to Phoenix Suns Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Phoenix Suns (31-14). Chicago opens this matchup as 5.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 224.5.
The Chicago Bulls faced the Golden State Warriors and ended up losing by a score of 116-102 in their last game. Chicago walked away from the game with a 52.4% field goal percentage (44 of 84) and made 6 out of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Bulls made 8 of their 11 attempts for a percentage of 72.7%. With respect to grabbing boards, they earned 39 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 33 assists in the matchup as well as creating 14 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In terms of defense, Chicago allowed the other team to go 50.0% from the floor on 46 out of 92 shooting. Golden State recorded 28 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. Furthermore, Golden State collected 39 boards (10 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 5 rejections. Golden State finished the game at 88.9% at the free throw line by converting 8 of 9 tries. They made 16 out of their 38 tries from beyond the arc.
Nikola Vucevic is someone who was a contributor in the matchup. He notched 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting. He played for 26:33 mins and also collected 9 rebounds. Vucevic finished the contest at 69.2% from the floor and also totaled 6 assists. One more player that had an impact in this matchup for the Bulls was Patrick Williams. He grabbed 6 rebounds in his 32:40 min played on the night. He finished shooting 53.8% from the field in the game by hitting 7-of-13 (14 points). At the conclusion of this game, Williams earned 4 assists.
Chicago will enter this game with a record of 19-26 for the year. The Bulls are hitting 37.1% on 3-point shots (566 of 1,526) and 80.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 112.6 points per outing (14th in the league) while going 47.9% from the field. They turn it over 16.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.8 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Chicago is collecting 44.9 rebounds per contest and has earned 1,185 dimes on the season, which ranks 10th in the league in terms of passing. Defensively, the Bulls are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.5 fouls. They are ranked 5th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,080 surrendered this year. The Bulls defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 47.4% (605 of 832) and they relinquish 42.6 boards per game as a team. They are giving up 34.9% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 24th in basketball in points per game allowed (113.9).
The last time they took the court, the Phoenix Suns walked away with a victory by a final of 101-97 when they played the Charlotte Hornets. The Suns were able to pull down 29 defensive rebounds and 21 offensive boards totaling 50 for the contest. They gave up possession 14 times, while earning 15 steals in this contest. The Hornets committed 23 fouls in the matchup which got the Suns to the free throw line for 29 attempts. They were able to convert 25 of the free throws for a rate of 86.2%. With respect to shooting from beyond the arc, Phoenix made 8 out of 40 attempts (20.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Suns shot 34 out of 96 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 35.4%. The Suns allowed the Hornets to convert 34 of 85 tries from the floor which had them at 40.0% in this contest. They finished 30.2% from three-point range by connecting on 13 of 43 and ended up shooting 16 out of 23 from the free throw line (69.6%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Phoenix allowed Charlotte to snag 52 in total (16 on the offensive side).
Devin Booker pitched in for the Suns for this contest. He knocked down 10 of 26 for this contest for a field goal rate of 38.5%, and had 6 rebounds. Booker totaled 35 points in his 41:56 minutes on the court and totaled 3 assists for the contest. Another guy who came through for Phoenix was Chris Paul. He left the arena with 1 assist in his 38:11 mins on the court, and he shot 5 of 16 from the floor. Paul ended the game having shot 31.3% from the field in addition to notching 16 points and 2 total rebounds.
Phoenix has a mark of 31-14 this year. Phoenix has accounted for 5,104 pts for the year (113.4 per game) and they pull in 43.6 rebounds per game. The Suns have committed 19.6 fouls per contest and they connect on 83.4% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Suns are shooting 48.5% from the field, which is 5th in the NBA. They are earning an assist 27.0 times per contest (2nd in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.2 times per contest. The Suns on the defensive side of the court are 3rd in the league in PPG given up with 107.0. They are forcing 13.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.5% from the floor (7th in basketball). The Phoenix defense surrenders 34.1% from downtown (503 of 1,476) and their opponents are knocking down 76.5% of their free throw attempts. They give up 21.6 assists and 43.3 rebounds every game, which is ranked 1st and 11th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix (-5.5)
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