The East leading Chicago Bulls make their only trip to Oracle Arena this season to take on the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Bulls accounted for one of the two losses the Warriors suffered at home all of last season by knocking off Golden State 113-111 in an overtime thriller back in January of this year. The Dubs picked up the pieces and have not lost a regular season game at home since. Tonight's game will be broadcasted live on ESPN and CSN Bay Area.
The Warriors are currently on pace to win 82 games this season and break the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins in a single season. Although the Warriors are not the only people who aren't concerned about breaking the Bulls record, as Dennis Rodman said that his Bulls team is better than this Warriors team no matter how well they do this season. "People say they're going to go 72-10, I don't care they can go 81-1. We did it first," said Rodman during an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio. He didn't stop there, saying that the NBA was "110% better" during his playing days. (Tim Daniels, Bleacher Report.)
Last Time Out
Jimmy Bulter scored 14 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to push the Bulls to a 103-97 victory in Phoenix on Wednesday. Chicago enters tonight's game against the Warriors with the best record in the Eastern conference at 8-3. The Golden State Warriors used a monstrous fourth quarter to claw their way out of a 23 point hole against the Clippers on Thursday. Down ten points with just under six minutes left, the Warriors unleaded a 22-5 run to finish the Clippers by a score of 124-117.
The Warriors (-400) are eight and a half point favorites over the visiting Bulls (+330). The over/under line is set at 210.5 total points according to BetOnline. Lets check out some betting trends from both squads hosted by OddsShark.com:
Here are my picks from Thursday's game against the Clippers:
A perfect night of picks is almost as sweet as the Warriors victory over the Clippers itself. For a minute I thought that Golden State looked like they might actually cover the spread towards the end of the game. Let's take a closer look at tonight's matchup with Chicago.
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that both Shaun Livingston (hip flexor) and Leandro Barbosa (illness) are questionable for Friday night's game against the Bulls. Chicago will be without former MVP Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks according to Nick Friedell of ESPN. The Bulls are winners of their last four, but needed a big game from Derrick Rose the last time they beat the Warriors.
Here are my picks: