San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls 12/15/18: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting
San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls Preview
The San Antonio Spurs (15-14) welcome the Chicago Bulls (6-23) into the Alamo City tonight as they look to continue their winning ways and extend their winning streak to five games.
The Bulls meanwhile have lost their last three and have only won one of their last ten games, placing them dead last in the Eastern Conference
The Spurs beat the Bulls by a razor-thin 108-107 margin in the first meeting of the season on November 26. The Spurs were led by DeMar DeRozan 21 points and eight rebounds, while Zach LaVine paced the Bulls at home with 28 points and seven assists.
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Arena: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup
There’s no place like home for the Spurs. While they’ve won four straight, the AT&T Center has been especially kind to the team lately.
The Spurs defense is looking less porous lately, and they’ve been able to get enough offensive help when of their main players, DeRozan or LaMarcus Aldridge struggles. That was the case in their 125-87 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. On a night where DeRozan scored close to half of the points of his season average, Aldridge came through with 27 points and Rudy Gay added 21.
The Spurs got out to an early lead and never looked back, and allowed only 10 Clippers points in the final stanza.
Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup
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There hasn’t been much to like about the Bulls season so far. They’ve struggled since the start of the season, fired head coach Fred Hoiberg, but unfortunately not much has gotten better since they replaced him with assistant Jim Boylen.
Chicago’s most recent loss came against the Orlando Magic in Mexico City where they were bested 97-91, even while LaVine scored 23 points and Justin Holiday had 18.
Chicago’s big acquisition in the offseason, Jabari Parker, is being phased out of the rotation and only played four minutes against Orlando. Boylen said it has more to do with matchups and having a logjam at the position. That the highest-paid player on the team no longer has a spot in the rotation is just salt in the wound for Bulls fans, but the Bulls have been prone to overpaying for homegrown talent. There have been some talks of a trade, but as he plays less and less, his value is quickly diminishing.
Things aren’t getting any easier for the Bulls easier, after playing the Spurs tonight, they have the Thunder next and then a game against a Brooklyn Nets team that has been playing spoiler to some highly-ranked teams lately.
Spurs vs. Bulls Betting Odds
The Spurs opened as huge -12.5 point favorites. They are still expected to win big with the spread now at -11. The over/under is currently at 214 points. There has been some significant movement on the moneyline, with the Spurs opening at -1000 and the moneyline now live at -750.
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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
With LaVine out, power forwards Lauri Markkanen and LaMarcus Aldridge are the stud picks for tonight. Markkanen, who has a FanDuel salary of $6,400 and projection of 30.11 points, also fits the value category.
Aldridge is coming off a big game, and he’s projected for another one tonight. At a salary of $8,500, he’s expected to rack up 44.9 fantasy points.
Rudy Gay seems like a standout value pick for the Spurs, especially with the results he’s had lately. He’s averaging nearly 40 fantasy points in his last three games, and at a salary of $6,700, he’s projected for 32.45 points tonight.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.