- The Suns are 6.5-point home favorites over the Bulls on Friday night
- The Suns have won five of their last six and the Bulls have lost seven of nine
- A look at the matchup and odds can be found below with a pick
The Phoenix Suns will try to build on the best record in the NBA when they host the slumping Chicago Bulls at 10 p.m. ET Friday at the Footprint Center.
The Suns (56-14/29-8 home) are on a three-game winning streak and have won five of their last six after beating the Rockets 129-112 on Wednesday in Houston.
The Bulls (41-28/16-18 road) lost their second game in a row and for the seventh time in nine games Wednesday when they fell 125-110 to the Utah Jazz on the road.
Bulls vs Suns Odds
|Chicago Bulls||+215||+6.5 (-110)||Over 230 (-110)|
|Phoenix Suns||-260||-6.5 (-110)||Under 230 (-110)|
Odds as of March 17th at FanDuel.
The Suns are 6.5-point favorites in a game that will be shown on NBA.tv. At -260 on the moneyline, Phoenix has an implied win probability of 72.22%.
Bulls vs Suns Injury Report
The Suns’ Jae Crowder missed Wednesday’s game with a sore left groin and is questionable for Friday. Also questionable are Cameron Johnson (right thumb contusion) and Gabriel Lundberg (non-injury related).
Jae Crowder cleans up so much for this team. pic.twitter.com/lWmzbKP48P
— David (@theIVpointplay) March 14, 2022
Chris Paul (right thumb avulsion fracture), Frank Kaminsky (knee) and Dario Saric (knee) have longer-term injuries.
Lonzo Ball (knee) and Patrick Williams (wrist) are out for the Bulls with longer-term injuries.
Bulls Betting Outlook
The Bulls have been a money loser recently, going 1-8 against the spread in their last nine games. On the road this season, Chicago is 14-19-1 ATS.
Zach LaVine was a bright spot in the loss to the Jazz. Despite being hobbled by a sore left knee, he had 33 points, five assists and three steals.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 17, 2022
The point total was his highest since Jan. 1 as he extended streak of scoring 20 or more points to nine games. It was also LaVine’s 15th 30-point game of 2021-22.
DeMar DeRozan added 25 points and seven assists. He has scored at least 20 points in 17 of his last 18 games, including the past seven.
The Bulls heled 22-7 edge in fast break points but that was their only advantage as the Jazz bench outscored the Chicago reserves 49-22 and Utah held a 47-37 edge on the boards. The Jazz also shot 50.6% (42 of 83) overall and 48.7% (19 of 39) from three-point range.
Ayo Dosunmu had 15 points and six assists in a losing effort, Coby White chipped in with 12 points and Nikola Vucevic contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Ayo Dosunmu reaction to Tristan Thompson yelling at the bench pic.twitter.com/Y1vwB4UsgI
— Gustavo (@iamvega1982) March 10, 2022
While Vucevic recorded his 40th double-double of the season, he also had his worst scoring game since Jan. 17.
The Bulls are fading in the Eastern Conference. They are now in fourth place, four games behind the conference-leading Miami Heat with 14 games remaining.
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Suns Betting Outlook
The Suns are just 17-20 against the number at home this season but have covered in their last three games overall.
Devin Booker led the way Wednesday against the Rockets with 36 points on 15-of-24 shooting. It was the second time he scored 30 points in the last three games and the 22nd time he has reached that mark this season.
— x – Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 16, 2022
Mikal Bridgers was one point his season scoring high as he finished with 26 points and five rebounds. Deandre Ayton scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his 23 double-double.
Torrey Craig came up big while stepping into the lineup for Crowder. The veteran was 8 for 8 from the floor and had 21 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.
It was Craig’s third double-double of 2021-22 and his third 20-point game.
Torrey Craig said NO 🚫pic.twitter.com/AT2ZCHlRbp
— Suns Nation (@SunsNationCP) March 17, 2022
The Suns dominated, shooting 55.8% (53 of 95) and outrebounding the Rockets 49-33.
Bulls vs Suns Prediction
The Suns have won four games in a row against the Bulls, including 127-124 on Feb. 7 in Chicago as Booker went for 38 points and had five assists to lead Phoenix.
Paul finished with 19 points and 11 assists and JaVale McGee contributed 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. The Bulls got 38 points from DeRozan while LaVine added 32 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
This game won’t be nearly as close as Chicago is staggering to the finish line. Look for the Suns to roll.
- The Pick: Suns -6.5 (-110)
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