Suns at Bulls Preview: Season Recap
The Phoenix Suns are the most surprising team in the NBA this season. With the off-season acquisitions of Chris Paul and Jae Crowder, mixed with the already budding talent they have there with Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton this Suns team is young, deep, and experienced all at the same time.
Pair that with a defensive-minded head coach in Monty Williams, you have a playoff team. The Suns score and play defense with the best teams, being top ten in both categories.
The Bulls on the other hand are just young and experienced but lack that “it” factor. Zach Lavine continues to be one of the most underrated players in basketball as he’s averaging 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game and he is the only reason they’re the 6th seed as of right now.
With injuries all throughout the year to big man Lauri Markeinen and Coby White not having a stable role as the starting point guard the Bulls need to figure out their identity other than the team who always finds a way to back door cover.
Suns at Bulls Preview: The Most Shocking Playoff Team in the NBA
After the past 15 years of being really bad, the Suns made some key off-season moves, drafted really well drafting Jalen Smith 10th overall last year, and finally gave Devin Booker a good enough supporting cast where he doesn’t have to do every little thing perfectly.
DeAndre Ayton is giving the Suns exactly what they knew he’d get every night with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds on a per-game basis.
The biggest free-agent pick-up of the off-season was easily point guard Chris Paul. He not only adds 16 points, 9 assists, and 4 rebounds a game he adds veteran leadership on and off the court.
He has consistently hit clutch shots for the Suns in close games, you can see the impact he has on the defense when he’s out there too. The Suns are the second-best team in the league against the spread with a record of 20-11 and I see them adding to that total tonight.
Chicago Bulls Betting Preview: One Piece Away From a Playoff Berth
The Bulls are one more back-court piece away from being a solid eastern conference team that doesn’t fall apart in the second half of the season. Much like Chris Paul to the Suns, the Bulls need that veteran, playoff experienced leader for the tough games down the stretch and they will be just fine.
Lavine is 3rd in the league in points per game with 29 behind Steph Curry and Bradley Beal who both average above 30 points per game.
The Bulls currently sit at 15-17 good for 6th in the eastern conference. They are on a 3 game win streak and are the third-best team in the NBA against the spread this season with a record of 19-12 right behind the Suns record of 20-11.
This Bulls team is hungry and eager to make a name for themselves in the star-studded eastern conference since they had no all-stars for the second straight season.
Phoenix at Chicago Odds and Lines:
The odds opened with the Suns favored by 5.5 points and the over/under set at 224.5.
Free Pick of the Night:
My free pick of the night is Suns Moneyline at -195.
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