Bulls vs Thunder: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 16, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 16, 2021 - Last Updated on March 17, 2021

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-22) into a matchup with the Chicago Bulls (17-20) after scoring 30 points in a 128-122 win over the Grizzlies. The Bulls are 6-point favorites in the game on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, which starts at 8:00 PM ET on FS-OK. The matchup has a point total of 223.5.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of March 16, 2021, 1:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Bulls vs Thunder Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 16

Bulls:
Devon Dotson: Day To Day (Knee),
Garrett Temple: Out (Ankle)

Thunder:
Josh Hall: Out (Knee),
Trevor Ariza: Out (Personal),
Luguentz Dort: Day To Day (Toe),
Darius Bazley: Out (Shoulder),
Al Horford: Out (Rest),
George Hill: Out (Thumb)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Thunder (+6)
Total Pick Over (223.5)
Prediction Bulls 114, Thunder 110

The model favors the Bulls by 4.4 points, just 1.6 less than the 6-point spread set by DraftKings.

The model’s predicted total (223.5 points) and the DraftKings set total (223.5 points) are the same for this contest.

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Bulls Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zach LaVine 37 28.1 5.2 5.1 1.0 0.5 3.5
Lauri Markkanen 17 19.1 6.0 0.9 0.5 0.4 3.1
Coby White 37 16.0 4.9 5.0 0.4 0.2 2.4
Thaddeus Young 33 12.1 6.1 4.3 1.3 0.6 0.2
Wendell Carter Jr. 26 11.8 8.0 2.2 0.7 0.8 0.3

Thunder Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 32 23.7 5.0 6.2 0.8 0.6 2.1
Al Horford 26 14.4 6.7 3.3 0.8 0.9 2.0
Luguentz Dort 37 12.4 3.6 1.6 0.8 0.3 1.9
Darius Bazley 36 11.9 7.5 1.5 0.5 0.6 1.5
George Hill 14 11.8 2.1 3.1 0.9 0.1 1.6

Shooting Trends

  • The Bulls make 48.1% of their shots from the field this season, which is 1.9 percentage points higher than the Thunder have allowed to their opponents (46.2%).
  • Chicago is 15-8 against the spread and 12-12 overall when it shoots better than 46.2% from the field.
  • Oklahoma City has a 17-7-1 record against the spread and a 13-12 record overall when allowing its opponents to hit more than 48.1% of their shots from the field.
  • The Thunder have shot at a 45% clip from the field this season, 2.4 percentage points less than the 47.4% shooting opponents of the Bulls have averaged.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-2 against the spread and 7-2 overall when it shoots better than 47.4% from the field.
  • When Chicago’s opponents shoot above 45% from the field, it is 11-1 against the spread and 10-2 overall.
  • The Bulls’ 37.8% three-point shooting percentage this season is 2.8 percentage points higher than opponents of the Thunder have shot from deep (35%).
  • Chicago has a 16-8 record against the spread and a 12-12 record overall when the team hits more than 35% of its three-point attempts.
  • Oklahoma City is 19-8 against the spread and 14-13 overall when its opponents shoot better than 37.8% from deep.
  • The Thunder are knocking down 34.5% of their shots from beyond the arc, which is just 0.2 percentage points fewer than the 34.7% the Bulls’ opponents are averaging on the season.
  • Oklahoma City is 12-4-1 against the spread and 11-6 overall when shooting over 34.7% as a team from three-point range.
  • Chicago has a 12-7 ATS record and a 13-7 straight-up record this season when it makes more than 34.5% of its three-point shots.
  • The Bulls’ 13.1 made three-pointers per game this season are just 0.2 more made shots on average than the 12.9 per game the Thunder allow.
  • Chicago is 11-10 against the spread and 11-10 overall when it connects on more three-pointers than its opponents, while Oklahoma City is 5-9-1 ATS and 3-12 straight up in games when it is out-shot from distance.
  • The Thunder make the 14th-most three-pointers in the league, while the Bulls give up the third-fewest makes from beyond the arc.

Bulls vs Thunder Stat Rankings

Bulls Rank Bulls AVG Thunder AVG Thunder Rank
11th 114.1 Points Scored 106.5 27th
24th 114.6 Points Allowed 111.8 15th
11th 44.7 Rebounds 44.5 13th
21st 9.1 Off. Rebounds 7.8 29th
13th 13.1 3pt Made 12.9 14th
8th 26.4 Assists 23.1 24th
30th 15.3 Turnovers 14.1 23rd

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