Chicago (7-3) at Phoenix (6-4)
When: Wednesday, November 18th 2015
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Time: 10:35 ET | TV: ESPN
The Chicago Bulls being their four-game road trip on a three-game winning streak, but may be without point guard Derrick Rose, who is nursing a sore ankle suffered in Monday’s 96-95 win over Indiana. Rose, who is still wearing a mask to protect an orbital fracture, is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game in Phoenix. The former MVP has played in every game this season and is averaging 13.6 points on 37.7% shooting. Rose’s long-range form has been off all season, but he connected on both of his attempts from beyond the arc on Monday to lift his 3-point percentage to 15.0%. Guard Jimmy Butler leads the team in scoring at 19.2 points a game, but his three-point shooting has been terrible also. He is just one for his last 14. Forward Doug McDermott has picked up his 3-point shooting and is 8-of-14 from long-range in the last four games. While the Bulls only have the 22nd ranked field goal shooting in the league, they are second in holding opponents to just 40.8% shooting. The 7-3 Bulls are just 3-7 against the spread this year including 1-5 on the road.
The Phoenix Suns are also riding a three-game winning streak, but their guard play has been excellent. Eric Bledsoe went for 30 points in a win over Denver on Saturday and added 21 on Monday while Brandon Knight poured in 30 points, dished out 15 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds in Monday’s 120-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Both have very similar numbers for the 6-4 Suns, who begin a three-game road trip after tonight’s contest with Chicago. Suns G Ronnie Price (concussion) and F Markieff Morris (knee) each missed the last two games and are questionable for Wednesday. Tyson Chandler leads the Suns under the basket with 10.1 rebounds a game, but hasn’t cracked double-digits in boards in the last four games. The Suns are one of the top teams in rebounding margin and average 48.4 boards a game. They are also 4th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage at 37.7%.
Both are on winning streaks, but the Suns’ streak has been more impressive, winning each by double-digits. Phoenix is also 7-3 ATS including 5-2 at home. With no Rose, I’ll take the Suns.
Pick: Suns -2.5