Bulls vs Spurs: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 17, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 17, 2021 - Last Updated on March 29, 2021

Zach LaVine leads the Chicago Bulls (18-20) into a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs (20-16) after putting up 40 points in a 123-102 win over the Thunder. The Bulls are 1.5-point favorites in the game on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, which tips at 8:00 PM ET on NBCS-CHI. The point total is set at 223 in the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of March 17, 2021, 12:05 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Bulls vs Spurs Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 17

Bulls:
Garrett Temple: Day To Day (Ankle)

Spurs:
DeMar DeRozan: Out (Personal),
Keita Bates-Diop: Out (Hamstring),
LaMarcus Aldridge: Out (Not With Team)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Bulls (-1.5)
Total Pick Over (223)
Prediction Bulls 113, Spurs 111

The model line and the DraftKings line are within 0.3 points of each other.

In this matchup, the model projects a total (224.6 points) slightly higher than the DraftKings over/under (223 points).

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Bulls Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zach LaVine 38 28.4 5.2 5.0 1.0 0.4 3.6
Lauri Markkanen 18 19.2 5.9 0.9 0.4 0.5 3.1
Coby White 38 15.7 4.8 4.9 0.4 0.2 2.3
Thaddeus Young 34 12.2 6.2 4.4 1.3 0.6 0.1
Wendell Carter Jr. 27 11.7 8.0 2.2 0.6 0.9 0.3

Bulls Player Props

  • LaVine’s points prop total for the game is set at 27.5, 0.9 points less than his season average of 28.4.
  • Wendell Carter Jr.’s rebounding prop over/under for the game is set at 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 rebounds lower than his season average of 8.0.
  • LaVine’s three pointers made prop total for the game is set at 3.5, 0.1 shots less than his season average of 3.6.
  • Thaddeus Young’s steals prop total for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.2 steals greater than his season average of 1.3.

Spurs Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
DeMar DeRozan 30 20.3 4.7 7.3 1.0 0.3 0.6
Dejounte Murray 36 15.7 7.0 5.3 1.6 0.1 1.0
Keldon Johnson 33 13.7 6.3 2.0 0.7 0.5 0.9
Patty Mills 36 13.0 1.8 2.6 0.7 0.0 2.7
Derrick White 12 11.9 2.0 3.3 0.8 1.1 1.8

Spurs Player Props

  • Jakob Poeltl’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 21.5, 5.5 greater than his season average of 16.0.
  • Patty Mills’ three pointers made prop over/under for the game is set at 2.5, 0.2 shots lower than his season average of 2.7.
  • Poeltl’s blocks prop over/under for the game is set at 2.5, 0.9 blocks higher than his season average of 1.6.

Shooting Trends

  • The Bulls make 48.2% of their shots from the field this season, which is 1.5 percentage points higher than the Spurs have allowed to their opponents (46.7%).
  • Chicago has a 16-7 record against the spread and a 13-11 straight-up record in games it shoots better than 46.7% from the field.
  • San Antonio is 16-6 against the spread and 15-7 overall when allowing opponents to shoot higher than 48.2% from the field.
  • The Spurs’ 45.8% shooting percentage from the field this season is the same as the Bulls have allowed to their opponents.
  • This season, San Antonio has a 10-0 record against the spread and a 10-0 record overall in games the team collectively shoots higher than 47.4% from the field.
  • Chicago is 12-3 against the spread and 12-4 overall in games it allows opponents to shoot higher than 45.8% from the field.
  • The Bulls shoot 37.6% from beyond the arc, 0.3% lower than the 37.9% the Spurs allow to opponents.
  • Chicago has a 14-7 record against the spread and an 11-10 record overall when the team knocks down more than 37.9% of its three-point shots.
  • San Antonio is 16-4 against the spread while putting up a 15-5 straight-up record when its opponents shoot over 37.6% from three-point distance.
  • The Spurs shoot 36.4% from beyond the arc this season. That’s only 1.7 percentage points higher than the Bulls have allowed their opponents to shoot from deep (34.7%).
  • San Antonio is 13-7-1 ATS and 13-8 overall when the team makes more than 34.7% of its three-point attempts.
  • Chicago has a 14-8 ATS record and a 15-8 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 36.4% from three-point range.
  • The Bulls’ 13.1 made three-pointers per game this season is 2.2 more made shots on average than the 10.9 per game the Spurs give up.
  • Chicago is 12-10 against the spread and 12-10 overall when it connects on more threes than its opponents, while San Antonio is 8-15-1 ATS and 9-15 straight up in games when it is out-shot from distance.
  • The Bulls are the 13th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Spurs give up the 17th-fewest makes from deep.

Bulls vs Spurs Stat Rankings

Bulls Rank Bulls AVG Spurs AVG Spurs Rank
11th 114.4 Points Scored 110.2 22nd
24th 114.3 Points Allowed 110.4 8th
10th 44.6 Rebounds 44.2 18th
21st 9.2 Off. Rebounds 9 23rd
13th 13.1 3pt Made 10.9 25th
8th 26.3 Assists 25 16th
30th 15.2 Turnovers 10.9 1st

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