The Golden State Warriors (17-20) and Chicago Bulls (18-21) square off Friday evening in a battle of two teams heading in opposite directions at the moment. The Warriors have lost their last two contests and three of their last four, while the Bulls have won three in a row. This is the first meeting between the teams this season.
The Warriors will be without Chris Paul, Draymond Green, Moses Moody and Gary Payton II for this contest, although Green and Moody should be back on the floor soon. The Bulls have no notable day-to-day injuries, with Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic both being taken off their minutes restrictions.
The Bulls are 3-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook, and the total comes in at 228. Chicago is -155 on the moneyline while Golden State is +130.
Warriors vs. Bulls, 8 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Bulls -3
After getting off to a rough start this season, the Bulls have rebounded nicely entering the new year. They are 20-18-1 ATS on the season, with a 12-9-1 ATS mark at home. The Warriors have gone 17-20 ATS, identical to their actual record. They are 9-6 ATS as the road team.
The Warriors haven’t covered the spread in their last three games, and five of their last seven. It just feels like everything is unraveling for Golden State. Although I’ve witnessed a massive Klay Thompson performance firsthand in the United Center, this team feels like it is in too much of a rut to get the job done. The Bulls have covered the spread in each of the last three games, and they should be able to take care of business as the home favorite tonight.
Over/Under: Under 228
The Bulls have gone over their totals in the last two games, but had eight straight unders prior to that and are 20-19 to the over this season. The Warriors are 22-15 to overs, going over their totals in five of the last six games. Even though Golden State’s offense could easily push this total over, I like Chicago to slow things down at home and keep things tight. Look for the under to hit in this contest.