Bulls Look To Earn A Spot in Online NBA Betting PlayoffsPosted by: Charlie Smith
We’re still a month away from the beginning of the online NBA betting playoffs, but all across the country sportsbook players are getting ready to choose their favorite for this year’s title race. Most fans will likely end up choosing either the Cavs or the Warriors, but given the current landscape of the NBA, picking a sleeper wouldn’t be misguided. Golden State recently lost Durant to a pretty severe injury, and Cleveland’s early January stumbles showed just how top-heavy the Cavs are – something that could spell trouble come playoff time. So as we enter the final stretch of the season, fans can begin to ponder if the title will truly be snagged by either one of those two favorites.
Thursday night, the Golden State Warriors will be making the voyage to the Windy City to face off against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center to prove that they are just as dangerous without Durant. This contest will mark the second time these two franchises have faced each other this season, with Golden State coming out on top in the first rendition 123-92. Considering how the first game turned out, and the sizable differences between both teams, most basketball betting sites will likely come out in favor of Golden State. Let’s see what kind of odds the bookies have posted for this particular matchup.
ONLINE NBA BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Thursday, March 2nd
Golden State Warriors -7 ½ (-110) 219 ½ (-110) -340
Chicago Bulls +7 ½ (-110) 219 ½ (-110) +280
Sportsbooks have decided not to deviate from tradition and have pegged the Warriors as heavy favorites Thursday night. Golden State rolls into this matchup sporting a 50-10 record that ranks the Warriors first in the Pacific Division as well as the Western Conference. Although they’ll be a shoo-in for the postseason, the Warriors struggled through the playoffs due to Curry suffering an injury. Golden State will be hoping that Durant’s stumble doesn’t have a similar fate.
With Durant out of the picture, the Warriors will turn to Stephen Curry to lead them in Thursday night’s matchup. Curry is currently putting up 24.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per contest. Curry will be looking for Klay Thompson to help him carry the weight. Thompson is currently averaging 21.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game for the Warriors.
The online NBA betting underdogs slide into this pairing with a 30-30 record that ranks the Bulls 3rd in the Central Division and 7th in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are one game behind 6th place Pacers, and just one game above the encroaching Pistons. Needless to say, how the Bulls handle themselves in the coming weeks will determine if the team can clinch a spot in the postseason.
The Bulls will be hoping for a solid performance from Jimmy Butler to help lead them to a sportsbook upset victory. Butler is currently netting 24.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. Second in points for Chicago is Dwayne Wade who is draining 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.