Friday NBA odds: Golden State Warriors at Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are hoping to get back forward Luol Deng for Friday’s game against Golden State in the surprising Warriors’ only visit to the Windy City this season. The Bulls opened as slight favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
The Warriors enter off one of their best wins of the season, 104-99 at home over Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Stephen Curry had 31 points and seven assists to help upset the NBA-best Thunder. Curry matched Kevin Durant’s spectacular scores all game, stole a pass from the Thunder’s leading man in the final seconds and hit a pair of free throws to seal the Warriors’ third straight victory. David Lee had 22 points and 12 rebounds, helped Golden State outrebound Oklahoma City’s lengthy frontline 40-39 and made some big plays late. The Warriors, with one playoff appearance since 1994, are 26-15 and own the fifth-best record in the Western Conference with another 41 games to play. Golden State’s record is more impressive consider that it has been without center Andrew Bogut, last season’s big trade acquisition. He remains out indefinitely.
Chicago beat Detroit 85-82 on Wednesday, the Bulls’ 17th straight win over the Pistons. Backup point guard Nate Robinson had 11 points and seven assists in 21 minutes off the bench as Chicago rallied from a 17-point deficit, matching Chicago’s biggest rally of the season in a victory. Joakim Noah finished with 10 points and 18 rebounds and the game-clinching hustle play. Jimmy Butler added 18 points and nine boards while starting a third straight game in place of Chicago’s leading scorer, Deng, who is dealing with a right hamstring injury. Butler has been tremendous in Deng’s place; Deng is considered questionable for Friday.
This is the first meeting of the season. The Warriors won their only meeting with the Bulls in 2011-12, 99-91 in Oakland. Prior to last season, the two teams had split nine out of the last 10 series. Golden State has lost three straight in Chicago. The Bulls are 13-3 all time against Golden State at the United Center.
WagerWeb.com trends: Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. Warriors are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest. Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. Bulls are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Home team is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.