Get ready for a close game on Monday, March 18th at Talking Stick Resort Arena as the Bulls (19-52, 11-25 away) go head-to-head with the Suns (17-54, 10-24 home). Tip off time is at 10:00 p.m. EST.
Chicago opened as modest 3.0 point favorites, and the narrow spread isn’t particularly shocking when you look at both team’s stats.
Chicago comes into this game ranked 27th in defensive rating. They’re giving up 113.3 points per contest and are 23rd in field goals allowed and 26th in three-pointers allowed.
Offensively, they’re averaging 105.2 points and are 26th in rebounds and 27th in assists. They’ve received big contributions this season from Zach LaVine, who is averaging 23.8 points per contest on 45.0% shooting.
Phoenix, meanwhile, ranks 27th league-wide in offensive rating. The Suns are averaging 107.2 points per game on 43.0% shooting and are 30th in rebounds and 18th in assists.
They’ve been paced this year by Devin Booker, who is leading the Suns with 25.5 points per game on 43.0% shooting, and DeAndre Ayton, who is chipping in 16.2 points per game. The Bulls will have to work hard to contain both players tonight.
Defensively, the Suns are giving up 116.1 points per game and are second in field goals allowed and 27th in three-pointers surrendered. They’re letting opponents shoot 48.0% from the floor and 37.0% from deep.
Add it all up and we could be in for an exhilarating game tonight.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on November 22nd, 2018, Chicago won 124-116 behind 29 points from Zach LaVine.
The Suns are coming off of a 136-138 win vs the Pelicans in New Orleans in which they shot 9 for 29 from deep and were out-rebounded 71-56. The Bulls are fresh off a 102-129 loss against the Kings in Sacramento. Zach LaVine led the team with 18 points in that game.
Overall, the Bulls have won three of their previous ten games and are 13th in the Eastern Conference, while the Suns have have come out on the losing end of four of their last ten and are 15th in the Western Conference.
The 3.0-point spread isn’t the only wager you can take advantage of. Online sportsbooks have also set a robust over/under total of 229. Keep in mind that Chicago is 31-39-1 against the spread this season and 35-36-0 over/under, compared to 33-38-0 ATS and 31-40-0 over/under for Phoenix.