Basketball Betting — Warriors Looking For Offensive Answers as They Face Bulls

The Golden State Warriors are smarting right now, and who can blame them? The Warriors are off what arguably was the worst performance they had in many years, and they like to hope that they bottomed out on what had become something of a recent trend.

On Thursday they will take on the Chicago Bulls in basketball betting action that is scheduled to begin at 10:35 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Golden State comes in with a 29-20 straight-up record, and they are also 22-26 against the basketball pointspread. They are third in the Pacific Division and tied for sixth in the West. Chicago is 24-24 straight-up and 21-26-1 against the points. The Bulls are in second place in the Central Division and tied for fifth in the East.

In the basketball betting lines that have been established for this game by the people at, the Warriors are solid favorites:

Golden State Warriors -8.5
Chicago Bulls +8.5

Over 191 points -110
Under 191 points -110

Having three days off coming into their last game was not something that necessarily benefited the Warriors, as they were completely stymied by the defensive-minded Charlotte Bobcats, shooting just 31.2%, which was their lowest percentage since November 2004. The result was a 91-75 defeat – which came as an eleven-point favorite in the NBA odds – that has coach Mark Jackson near the end of his rope.

After all, his team has shot 39% over the last four, and that is not the way the Warriors are going to win; not with offensive stalwarts like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee on board. In that game against Charlotte, Lee, who had been a game-time decision with a bad shoulder, wound up making just three field goals.

Here is a team that can’t seem to win games at home; they have lost five of seven at the Oracle Arena, and at this point, Bookmaker customers know that they hardly resemble the kind of team that had won ten games in a row around the holidays to inject themselves into the Western Conference playoff queue. With winning teams in the West on the outside looking in, there is no guarantee that the Warriors will even GET to the playoffs, much less gain home court in an opening-round playoff series.

Jackson feels that his team is “thinking a little bit too much,” although that would seem to be a necessity to play his brand of defense. Well, defense does not look like it is as much of a problem as offense right now for Golden State.

Defense is what the Chicago Bulls are going to have to rely on if they are going to advance to any level of significance in the Eastern Conference. Right now the objective for all of the rank-and-file teams in the East is to avoid having to play Indiana or Miami in the first round. The Bulls would like to get off that spot, and they are in a position to do so at the moment. Will it stay that way?

With efforts like the one they turned in on Tuesday night, it looks that way. The Bulls were coming off their own shooting disaster, as they had been held to 28% against Sacramento, but they went into Phoenix and dusted off the hot Suns (who had won five in a row and covered all of them against the basketball betting odds) by a 101-92 score.

They have allowed just 92.8 points a game, and both the Bulls and Warriors have permitted just 43.4% shooting, which is relatively strong. Perhaps that should be a note to bettors who will be attacking the total in the NBA odds on Thursday.

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