Phoenix Suns vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 11/8/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+2)
United Center is the location where the Chicago Bulls (3-5) will attempt to beat the Phoenix Suns (3-4) on Wednesday. Chicago opens this game as 2-point favorites. The over/under is set at 223.5.
The Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the 76ers and went home with a loss by a final score of 112-100 in their last contest. Phoenix ended having earned a 36.0% field goal percentage (32 of 89) and converted 9 out of their 35 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Suns made 27 of their 33 attempts for a rate of 81.8%. When talking about pulling down rebounds, they earned 42 with 15 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 22 dimes for the contest as well as forcing the opposition into 17 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In the matter of defending, Phoenix allowed the other team to go 47.8% from the field on 43 out of 90 shooting. Philadelphia distributed 24 dimes and had 5 steals in this game. Additionally, Philadelphia collected 51 rebounds (15 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 12 rejections. Philadelphia shot 83.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of 18 attempts. They buried 11 out of their 30 attempts from long range. Concerning fouls, the Suns ended up with 11 and the 76ers accumulated 24 fouls.
Kevin Durant is one player who came through in this matchup. Durant finished 45.0% from the floor and also dished out 3 assists. He was on the hardwood for 36 minutes played and totaled 8 rebounds. He ended up with 31 points on 9 out of 20 shooting.
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Phoenix heads into this game with a record of 3-4 on the season. They currently have an average of 112.0 points per contest (15th in the NBA) while going 46.9% from the floor. The Suns are shooting 35.5% from downtown (81 of 228) and 82.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Phoenix is snagging 44.3 rebounds per contest and has earned 176 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 11th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 16.6 times per contest and as a squad they commit 17.0 personal fouls per game.
On defense, the Suns have forced 14.3 turnovers every game while drawing 21.6 personal fouls. They are giving up 33.1% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 13th in the league in opponents PPG (110.4). The Suns defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 45.4% (292 of 643) and they surrender 42.6 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 16th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 180 surrendered so far this year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Bulls got the win with a final of 130-113 when they faced the Jazz. In reference to cleaning the glass, Chicago permitted Utah to get 52 in all (17 on the offensive glass). They finished 37.2% from downtown by hitting 16 of 43 and ended up going 15 of 17 at the charity stripe (88.2%). The Bulls permitted the Jazz to make 41 out of 86 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.7% for the matchup. When all was said and done, the Bulls went 48 out of 93 from the field which had them at 51.6%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Chicago made 18 out of their 34 attempts (52.9%). They were able to convert 16 of the free throws for a clip of 84.2%. The Jazz committed 20 fouls in this contest which took the Bulls to the free throw line for 19 tries. They turned the ball over 8 times, while recording 12 steals in the matchup. The Bulls snagged 26 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 36 for this contest.
Zach LaVine ended up having an impact for the Bulls for this game. He converted 8 of 17 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 47.1%, and added 2 rebounds. LaVine racked up 24 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 3 dimes for the game.
Chicago has a mark of 3-5 this year. The Bulls commit 18.5 personal fouls per game while shooting 79.4% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 21.6 times per game (29th in the league) and they turn it over 11.6 times per game. Chicago has totaled 865 pts so far this season (108.1 per game) and they pull in 41.0 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Bulls are shooting 44.8% from the floor, which ranks them 26th in the league.
The Bulls defensively are ranked 16th in the league in PPG given up with 113.6. They are forcing 16.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.1% from the field (20th in basketball). The Chicago defense surrenders 38.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (122 of 321) and opponents are knocking down 76.8% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 28.5 dimes and 47.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 28th and 27th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (-2)
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