San Antonio (14-3) at Chicago (9-5)
When: Monday, November 30th 2015
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: NBA TV
The San Antonio Spurs are once again quietly one of the best teams in the NBA that nobody is talking about. At 14-3, they have the 2nd best record behind the 18-0 Golden State Warriors and have won five straight games. In those five games, they have held their opponents to under 90 points in each of them. They have the top-ranked scoring defense in the league at 89.7 allowed per game. Saturday’s game proved even more how good their defense is, holding every Atlanta starter to 10 points or less in a 108-88 route. Tim Duncan sat out Friday in the first of back-to-backs and contributed 18 rebounds in 28 minutes against the Hawks. The defending defensive player of the year Kawhi Leonard is also proving his worth on the offensive end averaging 23.2 points on 53.8 percent shooting and 8.4 rebounds over the last five games. He’s also nailed 13-of-22 3-point attempts in that span. LaMarcus Aldridge, who is working his way back from a two-game absence, has scored just 21 points in this last two games, well below his 14.8 season average. The Spurs lead the Southwest Division by four games and with a soft schedule coming up after tonight, they should hang on to that for the foreseeable future.
The Chicago Bulls return home after a grueling four-game road trip in which they went 2-2, but failed to score 100 points in the last three games. They started off with a win in Phoenix, then held a fourth quarter lead in Golden State, but fell by 12. They bounced back with a win over Portland and then were thoroughly outplayed by Indiana. Derrick Rose missed the first two games of the road trip with a sprained ankle and had a hard time working his way into the offense when he came back, going 11-of-36 from the field in the final two games. Rose has failed to score over 20 points in 10 of his 12 games this season and has been held under ten three times. Forward Nikola Mirotic is averaging 18.7 points over the last three games including a 25 point performance against the Pacers. Overall, the Bulls are playing much better of late winning five of their last seven and will have their next four games at home.
The Bulls are 5-1 at home this year, but just 1-5 against the spread. The Spurs defense will be too much for Chicago to handle tonight. Normally I would take the Bulls at home getting points, but I just don’t see them winning this game.
Pick: Spurs -3.5