Phoenix Suns vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 2/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-5)
The Chicago Bulls (14-16) play the Phoenix Suns (20-10) at United Center on Friday. Chicago opens this matchup as 5-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 226.
The Phoenix Suns faced off with the Charlotte Hornets and took a loss by a final of 124-121 in their last contest. Phoenix wrapped up the contest with a 50.6% field goal percentage (44 of 87) and made 14 out of their 38 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Suns knocked down 19 of their 27 tries for a rate of 70.4%. In reference to rebounding, they earned 41 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 26 assists in this game in addition to forcing 13 turnovers and getting 9 steals. When discussing defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 48.9% from the floor on 43 of 88 shooting. Charlotte dished out 24 dimes and had 8 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Charlotte pulled down 46 boards (9 offensive, 37 defensive) and got 5 blocked shots. Charlotte ended up going 92.6% at the charity stripe by converting 25 of 27 shots. They also made 13 of 36 shots from downtown.
Devin Booker is someone who was a contributor for this contest. He had 34 points on 12 of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29:03 mins and collected 4 rebounds. Booker finished 70.6% from the floor and dished out 4 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Suns was Deandre Ayton. He pulled down 5 rebounds in 25:50 min played. He shot 72.7% from the floor in this contest by connecting on 8-of-11 (19 points). When all was said and done, Ayton had accumulated 2 assists.
Phoenix heads into this contest with a record of 20-10 on the year. The Suns are shooting 38.0% on shots from downtown (412 of 1,084) and 83.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 113.2 points per contest (15th in the league) while going 48.1% from the floor. They are giving up possession 12.9 times per contest and as a group are committing 20.0 fouls every game. As a unit, Phoenix is grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 800 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 9th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Suns are forcing their opponents into 12.8 turnovers per game while drawing 18.0 fouls. They give up 34.5% on shots from distance and they rank 4th in the league in points per game allowed (107.5). The Suns defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 45.8% (383 of 540) and they relinquish 43.7 boards per game as a unit. They are 1st in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 656 surrendered so far this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Chicago Bulls walked away with a victory by a final of 133-126 when they faced the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Bulls were able to collect 36 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 43 in this matchup. They also turned the ball over 21 times, while recording 11 steals in this matchup. The Timberwolves had 24 personal fouls for this contest which got the Bulls to the charity stripe for 16 shots. They were able to make 13 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 81.3%. Pertaining to three-point shots, Chicago knocked down 10 of 25 attempts (40.0%). Overall, the Bulls ended up shooting 55 for 93 from the field which gave them a percentage of 59.1%. The Bulls allowed the Timberwolves to make 47 of their 104 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 45.2% in the matchup. They finished 31.6% from three-point range by going 12 out of 38 and walked away from this one shooting 20 out of 21 from the free throw line (95.2%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Chicago permitted Minnesota to snag 41 in total (13 on the offensive glass).
Coby White ended up having an impact for the Bulls for the matchup. He buried 10 of 16 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 62.5%, and had 10 rebounds. White scored 24 points in his 30:48 mins on the court and accumulated 2 dimes for the contest. An additional guy that played a role for Chicago was Zach LaVine. He wrapped the game up with 6 dimes in 31:48 minutes on the court, and he shot 7 out of 14 from the floor. LaVine ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field in addition to totaling 21 points and 5 rebounds.
Chicago has a win-loss record of 14-16 on the season. Chicago has accumulated 3,440 points on the year (114.7 per game) and they pull in 44.4 rebounds per game. The Bulls commit 20.5 personal fouls per game and they connect on 80.0% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Bulls are shooting 48.2% from the field, which has them ranked 5th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 26.1 times per contest (9th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 15.9 times per contest. The Bulls on the defensive end are ranked 24th in the league in PPG allowed with 114.8. The Chicago defense surrenders 35.6% on shots from 3-point land (357 of 1,002) and their opponents are connecting on 77.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 23.3 dimes and 43.2 rebounds per game, which ranks them 6th and 10th in the league. They are able to force 14.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.1% from the floor (22nd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix (-5)
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