Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls, Monday, Las Vegas Odds, NBA Sports Betting Lines, Picks, Prediction

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OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER CHICAGO BULLS
22-16, 7th in Western Conference January 9, 8:00 PM | United Center 19-18, 7th in Eastern Conference

When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, January 9, 2017
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Oklahoma, CSN Chicago

Team Spread Money Line Total
Oklahoma City Thunder +1.5 -110 +105 207.5 -110
Chicago Bulls -1.5 -110 -125 207.5 -110

The Chicago Bulls will be trying to extend a winning streak on Monday when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at United Center.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (22-16): Westbrook is a career 30.7 percent shooter from 3-point range and went 4-of-22 from beyond the arc in the first two games this month before exploding over the last two contests. The star guard knocked down 8-of-15 from beyond the arc in a loss at Houston on Thursday and pulled Oklahoma City out of a three-game funk with his 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists in the return home on Saturday. “I totally trust him because he studies the game, he really, really wants to win and I’d say this: When he’s got it going like he did in Houston and (Saturday), I want him to heat-check a few times,” Donovan told reporters. “I don’t think there’s a problem in him doing that.”

ABOUT THE BULLS (19-18): Butler scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter during Wednesday’s win at Cleveland and piled up 42 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Raptors on Saturday. Butler is averaging 6.8 assists in the last four games – a stretch that coincides with the team benching point guard Rajon Rondo. “This stretch that (Butler’s) got going right now, he continues to add to his game,” Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters. “He’s really playing with the ball in his hands a lot now … he’s just pretty much straight up our point guard for a lot of the games right now. And he’s obviously been phenomenal.”

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Bulls listed as 1.5-point favorites versus the Thunder, while the game’s total is sitting at 207.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler is pushing himself into the MVP discussion with his play of late while Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook has been in that debate since the start of the season. The two will square off against each other when the Bulls host the Thunder on Monday.

Butler is averaging 34.2 points in the last six games and led Chicago to wins over the top two teams in the Eastern Conference – Cleveland and Toronto – in the last two games. “He’s playing as good as anybody in the league right now,” Bulls guard Dwyane Wade told ESPN.com. “What he’s doing in the fourth quarter is even more impressive than the stat line at the end of the day. That stat line is amazing, but everybody knows we’re going to Jimmy. And to still be able to make those plays, it’s incredible.” Westbrook is pretty strong in the fourth quarter as well and is adding 3-point shooting to his triple-double barrage of late. “When he gets a couple in a row, I think you have to let him maybe take a couple more that may look highly contested or difficult, because he can make them,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan told reporters after Westbrook went 7-of-12 from 3-point range during his 17th triple-double on Saturday.

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NBA HOOPS NEWS
1. Bulls reserve SF Doug McDermott scored in double figures in five straight games and is coming off a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double on Saturday.

2. Thunder SG Victor Oladipo is averaging 16.6 points in five games since returning from a wrist injury.

3. Chicago took both meetings last season by an average of 7.5 points.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder will cover the spread at +1.5 and the game will go over 207.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Thunder 115, Bulls 109 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
OKC TEAM CHI
106.8 PTS FOR 101.8
105.3 PTS AGNST 101.2
1.6 DIFF. 0.6
34.5 DEF REBOUNDS 34.0
11.2 OFF REBOUNDS 13.8
45.9 FG% 43.5
73.3 FT% 80.8
8.6 3 POINTERS 6.4
7.6 STEALS 7.7
INJURIES
OKLAHOMA CITY
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
CHICAGO
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
OKLAHOMA CITY
Oklahoma City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Oklahoma City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Oklahoma City’s last 14 games when playing Chicago
Oklahoma City is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Oklahoma City is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Chicago
CHICAGO
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Chicago is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 9 games at home
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Chicago is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chicago’s last 14 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago’s last 6 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Chicago is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Chicago is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Oklahoma City’s Overall Scoring vs Chicago’s Overall Defense 106.8 8 101.2 6
Oklahoma City’s Away Scoring vs Chicago’s Home Defense 103.2 15 100.4 7
Oklahoma City’s Road Rebounds vs Chicago’s Home Rebounds Allowed 45.3 4 41.6 9
Chicago’s Overall Scoring vs Oklahoma City’s Overall Defense 101.8 23 105.3 18
Chicago’s Home Scoring vs Oklahoma City’s Road Defense 103.0 23 108.7 24
Chicago’s Home Rebounds vs Oklahoma City’s Road Rebounds Allowed 48.6 1 40.5 1
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
OKLAHOMA CITY
Oklahoma City gives up the third lowest free throw percentage allowing 74.7% per game.
CHICAGO
Chicago is last in the league scoring three points made with 6.4 per game.
Chicago leads the league in rebounds at 47.7.
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
Oklahoma City 45.9 45.4 0.5
Chicago 43.5 45.3 -1.8
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
Oklahoma City 11.2 34.5 45.7
Chicago 13.8 34.0 47.7
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
Oklahoma City 21.5 14.3 1.5
Chicago 21.1 12.8 1.6

 

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