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

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San Antonio at Chicago, NBA Sports betting
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 21, 2017
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (San Antonio), WGN (Chicago)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
511 San Antonio Spurs -10½ -113 -575 Ov 201½ +100
512 Chicago Bulls +10½ -107 +470 Un 201½ -120
 

The San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at United Center.

ABOUT THE SPURS (1-0): Rumors swirled last season and over the summer that Aldridge was on the trade block, but instead he and the team agreed on a three-year contract extension worth a reported $72.3 million. “He just didn’t feel comfortable,” Popovich told reporters while explaining his conversations with Aldridge over the summer. “It’s 98.75 percent on me, and whatever’s left — because I can’t subtract that much — on him. But I tried to change him. … I tried to make him a different player, and I think that really affected his ability to feel comfortable and confident on the court. And we took care of that, basically by me letting him know that we were going to do it differently, and that it was on me, not him.” Aldridge responded by outplaying Minnesota’s budding star Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday while logging a team-high plus-15 rating.

ABOUT THE BULLS (0-1): The only positive to come out of the Mirotic-Portis altercation was that it opened up extra playing time for rookie Lauri Markkanen, who collected 17 points and eight rebounds over 33 minutes in his NBA debut. “I thought Lauri was really good,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters. “He ran the floor well. He was OK (defensively). We want him hunting shots. What we like most about him is he has no fear out there. He can miss two or three in a row and if he has any daylight, he’s going to shoot with confidence.” Kay Felder, who was picked up at the end of training camp after being waived by Atlanta, added six assists in 16 minutes off the bench.

Oddsmakers opened the Spurs as -8.5-point favorites versus the Bulls, while the game’s total opened at 202.5.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Gregg Popovich cleared the air before the star forward signed a contract extension with the team, with Popovich vowing to make Aldridge more comfortable within the offense. Aldridge certainly looked comfortable in the season opener and will try to make it two straight strong performances when the Spurs visit the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

Aldridge put up 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 107-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and is getting a chance to lead the team with MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps) slowly making his way back into game shape. Leonard sat out the opener and remains day-to-day while Kyle Anderson and Rudy Gay combine to fill the hole left by Leonard on both ends of the floor. The Bulls certainly won’t have any sympathy if San Antonio remains shorthanded on Saturday as they move forward without guards Zach LaVine (knee) and Kris Dunn (finger) and forwards Nikola Mirotic (facial fractures, concussion) and Bobby Portis (suspension). Chicago dropped its opener 117-100 at Toronto on Thursday, two days after Portis was suspended for punching Mirotic in an altercation that left Mirotic hospitalized.

Chicago was a 117-101 loser in its last match on the road against the Raptors. They failed to cover the +13-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 218 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, San Antonio was a 107-99 winner at home against the Timberwolves. They covered the -1-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (206) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

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San Antonio:
Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS
San Antonio is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio’s last 5 games
San Antonio is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road

Chicago:
Team record: 0-1 SU,0-1 ATS
Chicago is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games

Next up:
San Antonio home to Toronto Monday, October 23
Chicago at Cleveland Tuesday, October 24

NBA Sports Betting Tips

1. Dunn and LaVine both traveled with the Bulls to Toronto and are practicing but both expect to sit out Saturday.

2. San Antonio F/C Pau Gasol recorded three of the team’s 11 blocked shots in the opener.

3. The home team took each of the last six meetings in the series, with Chicago earning a 95-91 win on its homecourt last season.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks:  San Antonio Spurs will cover the spread at -10½ and the game will go over 201½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Spurs 110, Bulls 96 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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