The Bulls remain in a rut despite leading the Central Division and holding onto the No. 3 seed of the Eastern Conference. Head coach Billy Donovan and his boys are coming from back-to-back road defeats. They look to straighten things up before returning to Chicago after this bout with the Thunder. Meanwhile, the hosts are in a disadvantageous position with only a win in their last ten games. This is their first game at the Paycom Center following a winless four-game stretch on the road.
Get a full preview of the Bulls vs. Thunder game below. We put together essential event information, team and player stats, and the latest NBA betting odds. NitroBetting also presents timely betting trends and predictions that help you lock in on the best bets.
Bulls vs. Thunder Game Information
- When: Monday, January 24, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: 670 The Score (Bulls) / WWLS-FM 98.1 (Thunder)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Bulls (-1.5) / Thunder (+1.5)
Why Bet on the Chicago Bulls?
We’ve seen the Bulls decline lately. But, there’s no denying that they are the dominant team on paper in this matchup. They have impressive offensive numbers that see 110.7 points (ninth) per game. We see plenty of ball movement from the team as they average 24.1 assists (13th) in 45 games played. Chicago records a 47.3% shooting (fourth) percentage. They hold a league-high 38.2% three-point percentage. The team capitalizes on their foul shots as well, hitting 81.2% of free throws (third) per game.
Defensively, the visitors might not face many problems against the Thunder. The Bulls allow 108.5 opponent points (15th) per game and limit teams to 46.1% shooting (29th). Additionally, they make up for poor perimeter defense by limiting opponent two-point shots to 52.1% (13th) per game.
The Bulls’ miss Zach LaVine and Javonte Green are on the injury report with a knee and a groin injury, respectively. Coach Billy Donovan said that the pair still has a chance to play Monday’s contest. Ayo Dosunnmu and Tony Brown Jr. are expected to fill in should the starters fail to get cleared.
Why Bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder?
The Thunder are failing to deliver positive results since the departure of Chris Paul. But, the rebuilding phase of the team looks like it’s headed in the right direction. Defense is where Oklahoma City is having some success. The Thunder limit teams to 107.8 points (13th) per game on 44.6% opponent shooting (tenth). The team holds opponents to 51.9% from the two-point range (12th) while keeping the opponent’s three-point shooting to 34.9% (17th). The hosts can also out-rebound the Bulls with 35.5 defensive rebounds per game (seventh) average.
Oklahoma City needs to work on its offense moving forward. They average just north of 100 points (30th) per game on 41.6% shooting (30th). Although they average 44.7 points in the paint (17th) and are slightly better than the Bulls, the squad needs to focus on better shooting overall.
The hosts can utilize a healthy starting lineup. Leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and second-best scorer Luguentz Dort are ready to take on the Bulls. We might see the Thunder keep things competitive if the duo can deliver consistent numbers on game day.
Bulls vs. Thunder Betting Trends
- The Bulls are 3-7 in the last ten regular-season road games (3-7 ATS).
- The Bulls are 3-7 in the last ten regular-season games against the Thunder (5-5 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of the Bulls’ last five regular-season road games against the Thunder.
- The Thunder are 4-6 in the last ten regular-season games at the Paycom Center (7-3 ATS).
- The Thunder are 4-1 in the last five regular-season games against the Bulls (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of the Thunders’ last five regular-season games against the Bulls.
Bulls vs. Thunder Expert Betting Prediction
Both teams struggled to find their footing in the past few weeks. But on paper, we expect the Bulls to snatch this one away from the hosts. Even with all the injuries, Chicago remains the favorite to win the game. DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic can headline the scoring if they set the tempo early on. However, the Thunder are capable of covering the spread in this one. The hosts pulled off surprising wins early into the season. If they can return to this intensity on Monday night, they might just stand a chance against an unstable Bulls team.
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