Chicago Bulls have been impressive on the road and tonight they face a Golden State Warriors side struggling to hit form at home, writes Unibet columnist Mark Woods...
Golden State Warriors 1.24, Chicago Bulls 4.10 – BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 03.35 GMT
It’s been more down than up of late for the Golden State Warriors, and definitely the latter on Tuesday when they were held to just 74 points by lowly Charlotte, 29 below their average, while shooting a miserly 31 percent.
They’ll hear more of the same on Thursday when they host the Chicago Bulls, who are giving up 92.8 per night and who illustrated their ability to put up a roadblock in their 101-92 victory over Phoenix last time out.
The Warriors have severely regressed in recent weeks, losing five of their last seven at home, while getting just 13.8 points from Klay Thompson over the past five games with Andre Iguodala also an ineffectual offensive presence.
Chicago – who are a generous 4.00 for the win – have come out on top on eight of their 11 road games and although they’re just 2-9 when opponents score 100 points or more, that hasn’t happened since Clippers defeated them on January 24.
And even if you believe Golden State can rebound, current form suggests it’s worth looking under the total points line of 190.5, available at 1.91.
Brooklyn Nets 1.34, San Antonio 3.33 - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT
You hope that the Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs had good medical insurance otherwise they figure to receive a massive bill by the season’s end.
But while the Nets can expect to have Joe Johnson and Andrei Kirilenko back for the visit of the Spurs, Tony Parker is likely to join Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard on the sidelines after sustaining a back injury during first half of San Antonio’s double overtime victory over Washington on Wednesday.
That figures to push Patty Mills into the starting line-up for the second time this season and there’s no reason to under-rate the Australian, who was the top scorer at the 2012 Olympics.
Over his past ten games, he’s been averaging 12 points per game and had a season-best 23 against the Wizards as the Spurs extended their winning streak to three.
He also figures to be a tough cover for Deron Williams and while Brooklyn have the advantage of health, San Antonio’s rebounding and their Man from Down Under will keep them competitive.
Best bet: Take Chicago on the handicap of +8 against Golden State at 1.91.