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Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls Predictions, Odds, Picks

 
Jan. 14, 2022
Michael Crosson
VI Betting Expert
VegasInsider.com

Nationally televised NBA coverage will resume on Friday night with a heavyweight non-conference bout between the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls. Coverage begins from United Center at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Score Prediction

Bulls 113, Warriors 106

Best Bets

Bulls -3.5 (-110) at DraftKings

Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls Predictions

After finishing 11th in the East with a record of 31-41 SU last year, Chicago jumped out to a much-improved start to this season, as the Bulls opened with a solid 12-5 SU and ATS run – despite getting tagged as underdogs in eight of those matchups.

The Bulls have kept that same ball rolling through January too, considering Chicago enters Wednesday sitting at 15-7 SU and 11-11 ATS across the last 22 games – currently ranking 1st in the East SU with a record of 27-12 overall, and 3rd ATS with a record of 23-16.

On the other hand, Golden State stormed out to a triumphant start to the season, as the Warriors opened with an impressive 18-3 SU and 15-5-1 ATS run – with 14 of those victories coming by 10+ PTS.

The last few weeks have been relatively shaky for the Warriors though, considering Golden State is just 12-9 SU and 8-12-1 ATS across the last 21 games – despite getting tagged as favorites in 16 of those contests.

I’ll lay the points with Chicago here, as the Bulls are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games, while racking up an average of 118.9 PPG across that timeframe – likely serving as a steep uphill battle for a banged-up Warriors’ squad playing on the second half of a road back-to-back.

Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Odds




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Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific vs. Central
  • Date: Friday, January 14, 2022
  • Venue: United Center
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 7:30 p.m. ET

Golden State Warriors Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 30-11
  • ATS: 23-16-2
  • O/U: 14-26-1

After last year’s mediocre 39-33 SU regular-season showing, Golden State jumped out to a remarkably dominant start to this season, as the Warriors opened with wins in 18-of-20 games – with their only two losses across that span coming by slim margins of four points or less.

Golden State ran into a bit of a rough patch around the Holidays though, considering the Warriors enter Thursday sitting at just 12-9 SU and 8-12-1 ATS across the last 21 games – but fortunately, Klay Thompson has arrived on the scene at just the right moment, as the five-time All-Star is averaging roughly 15.5 PPG on 20 MPG since his recent return to action.

Chicago Bulls Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 27-12
  • ATS: 23-16
  • O/U:19-20

After last year’s underwhelming 11th place finish, Chicago went out and made some aggressive acquisitions during the offseason, which resulted in this fully revamped Bulls squad – as Zach Lavine now finds himself partnered up with a stout supporting cast consisting of DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, Nikola Vucevic, Alex Caruso and other much-improved counterparts.

The Bulls’ new roster construction still contains flaws, but they’re certainly heading in the right direction, considering Chicago currently paces the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-12 SU – which is a product of a very well-balanced attack, as the Bulls rank 3rd in the league in offensive efficiency and 16th in defensive efficiency (1.098 OE, 1.062 DE).


The Bulls are 9-1 SU in their last ten home games. (AP)

Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls Head-to-Head

The Warriors swept a two-game regular-season set against Chicago last year, with both of those matchups going over the total at a lofty average of 237.5 PPG. The Warriors also won their lone matchup against Chicago this season, but that contest stayed under with a score of 119-93.

Key Players to Watch

  • GSW: Steph Curry - PG (26.8 PPG, 5.5 REB, 6.1 AST)
  • GSW: Andrew Wiggins - SF (18.6 PPG, 4.4 REB, 1.9 AST)
  • CHI: DeMar DeRozan - SG (26 PPG, 5.2 REB, 4.7 AST)
  • CHI: Zach LaVine - PG (25.6 PPG, 4.9 REB, 4.3 AST)

Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Conclusion

After following up a nine-game win streak with losses in two of their last three games, the Bulls enter Friday’s contest as narrow home favorites over the visiting Warriors – marking the fifth time Golden State has been an underdog across the last ten games.

I’ll lay the points with Chicago here, as the Bulls are averaging a lofty 118.9 PPG across their latest 10-2 SU run – and I doubt the Warriors have much gas left in the tank after a tough battle in Milwaukee last night.

Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Trends

  • The Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven matchups against Chicago.
  • The Bulls are 9-1 SU in their last ten home games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five matchups between Chicago and Golden State.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five Warriors' games.

  
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