San Antonio Spurs vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 3/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (-2.5)
United Center is the site where and the Chicago Bulls (17-20) will play the San Antonio Spurs (20-16) on Wednesday. San Antonio opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 229.5.
The San Antonio Spurs faced the Detroit Pistons and took home the win by a score of 109-99 in their last game. San Antonio finished the contest with a 56.6% FG percentage (47 of 83) and made 12 out of their 25 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Spurs made 3 of their 5 tries for a rate of 60.0%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 45 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 29 assists in this game as well as forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and having 3 steals. In relation to defense, San Antonio let their opponent shoot 47.0% from the floor on 39 out of 83 shooting. Detroit dished out 22 dimes and had 9 steals for this game. On top of that, Detroit grabbed 34 rebounds (8 offensive, 26 defensive) and got 9 blocks. Detroit finished the game at 56.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of their 25 attempts. They knocked down 7 out of their 25 attempts from long range.
Dejounte Murray is one guy who was a contributor for the game. He totaled 19 points on 9 out of 13 shooting. He played 33:15 mins and also grabbed 10 boards. Murray walked away from this one shooting 69.2% from the field and also earned 6 assists. Another guy that played a role in the game for the Spurs was Jakob Poeltl. He grabbed 12 rebounds in his 25:54 minutes played on the night. He ended up shooting 75.0% from the floor for the game by going 6-of-8 (14 points). When all was said and done, Poeltl earned 2 assists.
San Antonio will play this game with a win-loss mark of 20-16 on the year. They currently have an average of 110.2 points per contest (22nd in the NBA) while shooting 45.8% from the floor. The Spurs are shooting 36.4% on three-point shots (393 of 1,080) and 78.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, San Antonio is grabbing 44.2 boards per contest and has 899 assists so far this year, which is 23rd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 11.4 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Spurs are able to force 13.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. The Spurs defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.7% (1,503 of 3,219) and they concede 47.8 rebounds per game as a group. They are 6th in basketball in allowing assists with 891 conceded on the campaign. They are giving up 37.9% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 8th in basketball in opponents PPG (110.4).
In their last game, the Chicago Bulls got the victory with a final of 118-95 against the Toronto Raptors. The Bulls collected 46 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 60 in the matchup. They turned the ball over 11 times, while recording 6 steals for this game. The Raptors were called for 22 fouls in the matchup which took the Bulls to the free throw line for 23 tries. They were able to knock down 18 of those for a clip of 78.3%. Regarding 3-pointers, Chicago made 12 out of 44 attempts (27.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bulls finished shooting 44 for 97 from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.4%. The Bulls permitted the Raptors to bury 34 of their 90 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 37.8% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 26.7% from distance by going 12 of 45 and ended up shooting 15 out of 21 from the free throw line (71.4%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Chicago permitted Toronto to get 38 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Patrick Williams was important for the Bulls in this matchup. He made 9 out of 14 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 64.3%, and had 6 rebounds. Williams scored 23 points in his 26:34 mins of playing time and totaled 4 assists in this game. One more player that was pivotal for Chicago was Zach LaVine. He finished this one with 3 dimes in 33:32 minutes on the court, and he put in 4 out of 10 from the floor. LaVine walked away from this one going 40.0% from the floor while earning 15 points and 6 total rebounds.
Chicago has a record of 17-20 on the campaign. Chicago has scored 4,223 pts for the year (114.1 per contest) and they collect 44.6 rebounds per game. The Bulls commit 20.0 fouls per contest and they go 80.2% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulls are shooting 48.1% from the floor, which ranks them 10th in basketball. They are dishing out assists 26.4 times per game (8th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 16.0 times per contest. The Bulls on defense are ranked 24th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 114.6. The Chicago defense concedes 34.7% on shots from distance (425 of 1,224) and their opponents are making 77.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 23.9 assists and 42.6 rebounds per game, which is 11th and 8th in basketball. They are forcing 13.6 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.4% from the field (23rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (+2.5)
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