San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls, Thursday, NBA Las Vegas Odds, Basketball Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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SAN ANTONIO SPURS CHICAGO BULLS
18-4 December 8, 9:30 PM | United Center 11-10
When: 9:30 PM ET, Thursday, December 8, 2016
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT, CSN Chicago
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
 San Antonio Spurs  -4.5 -110  -180  200.5 -110
 Chicago Bulls  +4.5 -110  +160  200.5 -110
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 A winning streak will be on the line for the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday when they battle the Chicago Bulls at United Center.
ABOUT THE SPURS (18-4): Parker missed three of the last four games and is questionable to make his return from a thigh injury on Thursday, though San Antonio is confident in Argentinian rookie Nicolas Laprovittola starting in his absence. “We knew that Tony was gonna miss some games, and to have another person that has the courage and the experience to play that position is important,” Popovich told reporters. “… He has the same spirit as Manu (Ginobili). He’s got no fear. I wish he was 6-7 like Manu. But he’s been there. He’s been around. He’s not intimidated by the NBA. He’s not impressed. He’s enjoying himself, but it’s not debilitating for him.” Laprovittola scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting on Tuesday.

ABOUT THE BULLS (11-10):
Chicago’s starting point guard missed some time recently as well, with Rajon Rondo serving a one-game ban for conduct detrimental to the team during Monday’s 112-110 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. The enigmatic former All-Star, who is averaging 8.3 points, 6.9 assists and 6.4 rebounds, handed out two assists in 37 minutes during Tuesday’s loss at Detroit. “We’re hitting a rough patch right now and you’ve got to find a way to fight through that,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters. “It’s what’s going to define our team this year is how we handle these adverse situations. You’ve got to keep fighting and you’ve got to keep trusting each other.”

The San Antonio Spurs have yet to drop a road game in 13 attempts in 2016-17 and will try to wrap up a sweep of the current three-game trip when they visit the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard is on a roll and is helping the team overcome an injury to point guard Tony Parker.

Leonard went 11-of-15 from the floor en route to 31 points in a 105-91 win at Minnesota on Tuesday and drew praise from coach Gregg Popovich. “By this point in his career, he’s a confident player,” Popovich told reporters of Leonard. “He knows he has a green light. We call his number now and then, but he does a lot of this stuff on his own, and he’s getting pretty good at pick-and-roll. Special, special young man.” The Bulls are losers of three in a row since knocking off the Cleveland Cavaliers, and star swingman Jimmy Butler is putting the blame on the defense. “We’re not defending the way we’re capable of,” Butler told reporters. “Messing up assignments, we’re not boxing out. We’re not playing to guys’ weaknesses. We can’t let that happen. We got to fix it. We got to treat every last one of these games like it’s our last one.”

In their last action, Chicago was a 102-91 loser on the road against the Pistons. They failed to cover the +5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (193) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

San Antonio won its last outing, a 105-91 result against the Timberwolves on December 06. The Spurs covered in that game as a -4-point favorite, while the 196 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

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San Antonio:
Team record: 18-4 SU,10-11-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
San Antonio is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio’s last 5 games

Chicago:
Team record: 11-10 SU,12-9 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games

Next up:
San Antonio home to Brooklyn Saturday, December 10
Chicago home to Miami Saturday, December 10

KEY NOTES
1. Bulls F Doug McDermott (concussion) missed the last 11 games but hopes to be cleared for Thursday.
2. San Antonio G Patty Mills is 2-of-12 from 3-point range in the last two games.
3. The teams split the two-game series in each of the last three seasons.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks:  San Antonio Spurs will cover the spread at -4.5 and the game will stay over 200.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Spurs 106, Bulls 101 at bovada-logo-top-book.betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
SAN TEAM CHI
102.8 PTS FOR 103.3
97.8 PTS AGNST 100.3
5.0 DIFF. 3.0
32.6 DEF REBOUNDS 34.9
9.0 OFF REBOUNDS 13.6
46.3 FG% 44.0
81.6 FT% 80.6
8.8 3 POINTERS 6.4
7.9 STEALS 7.9
INJURIES
SAN ANTONIO
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
CHICAGO
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
SAN ANTONIO
San Antonio is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of San Antonio’s last 15 games on the road
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
San Antonio is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of San Antonio’s last 17 games when playing Chicago
San Antonio is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
San Antonio is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
CHICAGO
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago’s last 7 games at home
Chicago is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Chicago’s last 17 games when playing San Antonio
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against San Antonio
Chicago is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games when playing at home against San Antonio
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
San Antonio’s Overall Scoring vs Chicago’s Overall Defense 102.8 21 100.3 8
San Antonio’s Away Scoring vs Chicago’s Home Defense 108.1 6 100.6 11
San Antonio’s Road Rebounds vs Chicago’s Home Rebounds Allowed 41.1 25 41.0 5
Chicago’s Overall Scoring vs San Antonio’s Overall Defense 103.3 19 97.8 3
Chicago’s Home Scoring vs San Antonio’s Road Defense 107.0 11 98.6 3
Chicago’s Home Rebounds vs San Antonio’s Road Rebounds Allowed 49.6 2 40.8 2
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
San Antonio 46.3 45.0 1.2
Chicago 44.0 44.7 -0.7
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
San Antonio 9.0 32.6 41.6
Chicago 13.6 34.9 48.5
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
San Antonio 22.8 12.3 1.9
Chicago 20.7 12.8 1.6

 

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