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Basketball Betting — Suns Look to Stay Hot as Bulls Visit US Airways Center

The Phoenix Suns have managed to battle through injuries to stay very competitive in the Western Conference and compile an impressive record against the basketball betting odds. On Tuesday night they will play host to the Chicago Bulls in a game that will begin at 9:05 PM Eastern time at the US Airways Center in the Valley of the.Sun.

Chicago carries a record of 23-24 straight up, and the Bulls have won four consecutive times playing in Phoenix, including a pair of overtime wins. Admittedly, however, those editions of the Phoenix team were not nearly as formidable as this one. Currently the Bulls are 20-26-1 against the basketball pointspread. They are in sixth place overall in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, where they are a game behind Washington and a game and a half ahead of Brooklyn. However, they need to bounce back strong after a horrific performance last night – in fact, perhaps their least credible effort of the season.

No matter how angry they might be, it may not make a difference against this Phoenix squad, which is 29-18 straight up, good for sixth place in the West, two games in back of fifth-place Houston and a half-game ahead of Golden State. The Suns have the league’s best record against the NBA betting lines, at 32-14.

In the basketball betting lines that have been posted on this game at Bookmaker.eu, the Suns are laying a bunch at home:

Phoenix Suns -8
Chicago Bulls +8

Over 191.5 points -110
Under 191.5 points -110

Chicago is one of the better defensive teams in the NBA, statistically speaking. The Bulls have allowed just 43.5% shooting on the part of their opponents, and that is how they have managed to stay in games, despite heavy losses and personnel. For example, former MVP Derrick Rose has been lost for the season. Luol Deng, who excelled on both ends of the floor, was traded to Cleveland. Kirk Hinrich has been lost for extended periods of time. To be within a game of .500 might actually be considered by NBA bettors to be an accomplishment on the part of coach Tom Thibodeau.

There is another side of the coin for the Bulls, as Bookmaker patrons know, and that is their inability to score with any kind of consistency. They have shot just 42.2% on the season, and when you “brick” like that, it has a tendency to lead to some embarrassing moments. One such moment came last night, when they traveled to Sacramento to play the Kings and shot just 28% from the field, which was its worst shooting night since 2003.

The result, when combined with a 66-44 deficit on the boards, was a 99-70 defeat to one of the worst teams in the league. The Bulls made just 22 field goals on the evening. That atrocious performance came on the heels of an 88-79 defeat suffered in New Orleans, in which the team shot below 39%. When you can hit only seven out of 36 shots from beyond the three-point arc, as Chicago has managed to do in its last two games, you stand much less of a chance coming in through the “back door” as a big underdog in the basketball betting odds. And on Tuesday night, they are big underdogs for some very good reasons.

Phoenix, which was slowed down a bit when guard Eric Bledsoe had to leave the lineup with a knee injury, has started to gather a head of steam once again. Currently they are on a five-game winning streak, both straight up and against the NBA odds, and they are relying heavily on Bledsoe’s backcourt mate, Goran Dragic, who has had much pain in his left elbow, but has endured it to shoot 64% over his last four games, averaging just a shade under 27 points. Jeff Hornacek, the head coach in Phoenix, couldn’t be more pleased with the way Dragic has picked up the slack for Bledsoe, who was his partner in the Suns’ unique double-point guard offense.

Chicago has won eight of its last 10 meetings against Phoenix, but the Suns look like they are poised to get that going in another direction. They are 14-8 against the spread while playing at home, and they meet up with a Chicago team that may not be able to keep pace, having not reach the 100-mark in any of its last seven games. The Bulls have played their last five games under the total as it has been posted in the basketball betting lines.

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