Oklahoma City Thunder vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 10/25/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+2)
The Chicago Bulls (40-42 last season) will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-42 last year) at United Center on Wednesday. Chicago opens this game as 2-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 228.5.
The Thunder faced off with the Grizzlies and took home the win by a score of 115-100 in their last game. In reference to personal fouls, the Thunder walked away with 17 and the Grizzlies totaled 16 personal fouls. They made 7 of 37 shots from 3-point land. Memphis finished the game at 72.2% when shooting free throws by making 13 of 18 shots. In addition, Memphis snagged 43 boards (11 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Memphis recorded 25 dimes and had 8 steals for the matchup. In terms of the defense, Oklahoma City allowed 43.5% from the field on 40 out of 92 shooting. They also dished out 30 assists for this contest while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and getting 5 steals. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 49 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. From the charity stripe, the Thunder buried 13 of 16 attempts for a percentage of 81.3%. Oklahoma City walked away from the game with a 50.0% field goal percentage (45 of 90) and converted 12 out of their 36 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Jared Butler is someone who came through for the matchup. Butler ended up going 47.6% from the floor and distributed 4 dimes. He was on the court for 46 minutes and also snagged 3 boards. He finished with 25 points on 10 of 21 shooting.
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Oklahoma City will take the court after finishing with a record of 40-42 last year. They had an average of 117.5 points per game (5th in the NBA) while hitting 46.5% from the floor. The Thunder hit on 35.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (995 of 2,797) and 80.9% from the charity stripe. As a basketball team, Oklahoma City grabbed 43.6 rebounds per contest and racked up 2,002 assists last season, which had them ranked 21st in the league in terms of passing the rock. They lost possession via turnover 13.0 times per contest and as a team committed 21.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Thunder were able to force 16.8 turnovers every game while drawing 20.4 personal fouls. They were ranked 20th in basketball in giving up assists with 2,126 surrendered throughout last season. The Thunder allowed a field goal percentage of 47.4% (3,437 of 7,252) and they conceded 46.6 boards per game as a squad. They relinquished 35.8% on shots from downtown and they were 19th in the NBA in opponents PPG (116.4).
When they last stepped on the court, the Bulls took home the win by a final score of 103-81 against the Pistons. When discussing team rebounding, Chicago allowed Detroit to pull down 59 in all (15 offensive). They finished 27.3% from three-point range by going 9 of 33 and finished the contest at 10 out of 13 from the free throw line (76.9%). The Bulls permitted the Pistons to convert 31 of their 85 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 36.5% for the contest. In all, the Bulls ended up shooting 40 for 95 from the field which gave them a rate of 42.1%. In the matter of shots from downtown, Chicago made 6 out of their 30 attempts (20.0%). They were able to bury 17 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 77.3%. The Pistons were called for 16 fouls in this game which got the Bulls to the charity stripe for a total of 22 shots. They also coughed up the ball 3 times, while recording 15 steals for the matchup. The Bulls snagged 37 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 for the contest.
Zach LaVine was important for the Bulls for the game. LaVine tallied 17 points in his 26 minutes on the court and had 2 dimes for the game. He converted 6 out of 15 in this game for a field goal percentage of 40.0%, and accumulated 3 rebounds.
Chicago had a win-loss record of 40-42 last year. The Bulls committed 18.9 personal fouls every game and they shot 80.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 24.5 times per contest (20th in the NBA) and they turned it over 13.4 times per contest. Chicago earned 9,276 points last season (113.1 per game) and they snagged 42.4 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Bulls connected on 49.0% from the field, which was ranked 4th in basketball.
The Bulls on the defensive side of the court were 7th in basketball in PPG given up with 111.8. They were able to force 15.0 TO's per game and let teams shoot 46.8% from the floor (8th in the NBA). The Chicago defense gave up 35.7% on 3-point attempts (1,086 of 3,042) and their opposition made 77.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 26.0 assists and 43.3 total boards per game, which is ranked 22nd and 16th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (-2)
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