Carrie Stroup here for Gambling911.com with your Bulls-Spurs spread, which was currently at San Antonio -1.5, and this one is going to be a hot game. You can find all the latest NBA betting odds at Sportsbook.com here and be sure to claim up to $250 in FREE CASH using promo code CARRIE STROUP (based on initial deposit with minimum of $25 to open a betting account).
Sportsbook.com Line: San Antonio -1.5 & 193
Opening Line & Total: Spurs -2 & 191.5
After being on the road for nearly a month, the Spurs look to continue their dominance at home when they host Chicago in one of their toughest tests of the season.
The Spurs are 13-1 SU and 10-4 ATS at home this year, but they have something to prove after winning 11 in a row SU then face-planting in a 40-point loss at Portland last week. They’ll be well-rested after the All-Star break followed a grueling nine-game, 18-day “rodeo” road trip, but they’ll still be without star SG Manu Ginobili (12.1 PPG), who’s nursing an oblique injury. Still, they’re 10-1 SU and 7-4 ATS at home without Ginobili, including double-digit wins over Oklahoma City, Portland and Dallas. And they’re 18-6 SU and 15-9 ATS with at least one day of rest. The Bulls had to gut one out at home against New Orleans on Tuesday night before having to fly to San Antonio, where they’ve lost four of their past five visits, SU and ATS.
The Bulls did not look sharp against the Hornets on Tuesday, trailing by four in the final two minutes before scoring the final eight points in a 99-95 win. PG Derrick Rose (22.2 PPG, 7.7 APG) carried them, scoring 32 while C Joakim Noah (9.7 PPG, 10.1 RPG) added 15 points and 16 rebounds. Rose, Noah and SF Luol Deng (15.8 PPG) all had to play 39-plus minutes as Chicago got no help from its bench (outscored 39-19). SG Richard Hamilton (13.4 PPG) played for the first time since Jan. 29 because of a groin injury, but had just five points and five assists in 17 minutes of action. Rose destroyed San Antonio in two meetings last year, scoring 37.5 PPG on 60% FG, while adding 6.0 APG.
After their embarrassment in Portland, the Spurs managed to bounce back with a 114-99 win over the short-handed Nuggets, a game they led 65-39 at half and coasted to victory. PG Tony Parker’s (19.4 PPG, 8.1 APG) personal 12-game winning streak is still alive, as he was given a day off in the Portland loss. During those 12 wins, he’s averaged 23.0 PPG and 8.8 APG. And PF Tim Duncan (14.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG), who also sat for the 40-point blowout, has had a bit of a renaissance in February, averaging 16.4 PPG and 10.7 RPG. C DeJuan Blair (9.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG) is coming off his best game of the year, with game highs of 28 points and 12 boards in Denver. C Tiago Splitter (9.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG) is questionable as he works his way back from a calf injury, but PG T.J. Ford (hamstring) is expected to play for the first time since Jan. 10. Ford will likely be guarding Rose when he steps on the court.
SG Danny Green (7.8 PPG) seems to be finally settling into the starting lineup in place of Ginobili, scoring 16 in each of his past two games. He’s 8-for-18 from three-point range over his past five games. Sixth man Gary Neal (9.3 PPG) has gone 10-for-21 from behind the arc over his past four, while PF Matt Bonner (7.6 PPG) has come off the bench and hit 52.5% of his threes over the past 13 games.
- Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter