Oklahoma City Thunder (40-42 Last Season) vs. Chicago Bulls (40-42 Last Season)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls 10/25/23 – As the season is quickly approaching, one of the top NBA matchups and analysis focuses on an upcoming contest between Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls – each team finishing their last campaign with similar records of 40-42 – is eager to kickstart this one right. Set for clashing on Wednesday October 25, 2023 this showdown holds significant promise for fans and bettors alike.
Last season, The Thunder displayed an exceptional ability to score with an average of 117.5 points per game, capitalizing on 46.5% of their field goal attempts including 35.6% from three-point territory. Their defense proved formidable as evidenced by 43.6 rebounds per game as well as 12.7 steals/blocks each contest.
Conversely, the Bulls trailed the Thunder in points per game at 113.1 but boasted a higher field goal percentage (49%). Their defense featured 42.4 rebounds per game with 12.4 total steals/blocks which provided similar efficiency as seen with Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls 10/25/23 Game Info
|When:||Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET|
|Stream:||NBA League Pass|
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG) vs. Zach LaVine (SG)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Oklahoma City Thunder’s dynamic point guard has left an indelible mark on games with his outstanding performances. Over 68 starts and appearances, Shai averaged an astounding 31.4 points per game while also amassing an astounding average of 5.5 assists and combined 5.3 rebounds; his defensive contributions – with an average of 1.6 steals and 1 block per game – further demonstrated his value to his team; yet at an average turnover rate of 2.8 turnovers per game, there could be room for other teams to exploit him against them.
Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls has displayed his remarkable skillset over 68 games by scoring 24.8 points per game on average, collecting 4.5 rebounds, and dishing out 4.2 assists; although his defensive stats might not match Shai, LaVine can change any game with his pure offensive ability and athleticism combined with shooting range, making defenders struggle to contain him.
Shai and LaVine’s matchup promises to be more than a statistical showdown; rather, it will be an exciting clash of styles as their respective styles collide, for instance, with Shai’s playmaking and all-around game going up against LaVine’s explosive scoring and athleticism. Their strengths and weaknesses will play a pivotal role in how this matchup pans out: can Shai take advantage of LaVine’s relatively lower defensive stats while taking advantage of Thunder’s defense, or will LaVine prove too much for Shai? As these two guards collide, their showdown promises to become epic.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -110, Total Odds: 227.5
With the Oklahoma City Thunder being slight favorites with a -1 spread and both teams having a -110 moneyline, it’s evident that this game is poised to be a nail-biter. The total set at 227.5 with balanced over and under odds indicates an expected high-scoring affair.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Thunder’s recent betting trends might raise eyebrows for potential bettors. Despite a favorable 4-1-1 ATS record in their last six games against Chicago, their overall 3-9 ATS in the last 12 games is less than stellar. Their road performances, reflected in a 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games, further amplify the need for caution.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
For the Bulls, the totals have often leaned towards the over, with 8 of their last 12 games surpassing the set total. Furthermore, their recent matchups against the Thunder have seen the total exceed in 8 of the last 10 games. However, their strong ATS record of 5-1 in the last 6 games against teams from the Northwest Division suggests they’re comfortable against such opposition.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls 10/25/23 Betting Picks
Given the recent trends and matchups, this game is anything but predictable. While the Thunder seem to have an edge based on head-to-head stats, the Bulls’ recent form and home advantage might just tilt the scales in their favor.
For those looking for multi-handicapper tips and picks, the game seems to lean slightly towards the Bulls, especially considering their ATS trends. Additionally, given both teams’ scoring capabilities, the over on the total might be a good pick.
Free Pick and Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 114, Chicago Bulls 116.