First-place teams clash on Friday, as the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors host the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls as 5-point favourites on the NBA betting odds at Bet99. The Bulls embark on a five-game Western swing riding a two-game straight win streak after waltzing to a 117-107 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. The Warriors close out their current eight-game homestand on a six-game SU surge after pounding the Minnesota Timberwolves by a 123-110 score on Wednesday.
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Chicago Bulls vs Golden State Warriors -5
Bulls – 8-3 SU, 8-3 ATS (Tied for first place, Eastern Conference)
Warriors – 10-1 SU, 7-3-1 ATS (First place in Western Conference)
Bulls Hit the Road without Vucevic
The Chicago Bulls have enjoyed one of the fastest starts in the NBA this season and in recent franchise history. The club returned to action on the heels of a fourth straight losing campaign and sporting odds as long as 81.00 on the opening night NBA championship betting picks. However, sporting a talented lineup that features a mix of promising talent and steady veterans, the Bulls have quickly turned heads during their early rise to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 11, 2021
After coasting to a 4-0 SU and against the spread while knocking off lesser-light opponents, the Bulls proved they could compete with the big boys by posting recent wins over Utah, Boston, and Brooklyn, all as betting underdogs. Former Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan has led the charge, joining the league leaders while piling up 26.0 points per game. Veteran big man Nikola Vucevic has also contributed 13.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, and double-doubles in five of his past six outings. However, the 31-year-old will not be joining the team on the trip out west after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19. That leaves big shoes to fill for the likes of Lonzo Ball, who is coming off a season-best 21-point performance in this week’s win over the Mavs.
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Warriors Flashing Familiar Championship Form
Meanwhile, out west, the Golden State Warriors continued to role in Wednesday’s demolition of the T-Wolves. In addition to lifting their SU record to a league-leading 10-1, that victory also marked the Dubs’s sixth straight win by double-digit margins, and seventh so far this season. Not surprisingly, Golden State has produced steady results at the sportsbooks, going 5-0-1 ATS during their current win streak after covering just twice during their first five outings.
Steph Curry tonight:
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— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) November 9, 2021
Stephen Curry hasn’t missed a beat in his return to a regular role after appearing in just 11 games last season. Currently second in the NBA scoring race with 27.4 points per game, Curry has twice scored 45 or more points this season, including an impressive 50-point outing in Monday’s 127-113 win over the Atlanta Hawks, and has emerged as the frontrunner to claim a third career NBA MVP award on the NBA futures at Sports Interaction.
That all leaves the Warriors well-positioned to extend their recent dominance over Chicago when the two teams clash on Friday night at Chase Center. Golden State has topped Chicago in eight straight outings, and 11 of 12 overall, going 8-4 ATS during that stretch. And with Vucevic on the shelf, the Dubs should hand the Bulls their toughest loss of the season so far.
The Picks: Warriors -5 (1.88) at Bet99