The Chicago Bulls have a slight advantage when they visit Phoenix on Wednesday night in that the Suns will be playing the second of a back-to-back. However, the Bulls are 7.5-point underdogs on the William Hill Sportsbook NBA odds and that line could grow substantially if All-Star Zach LaVine and guard Coby White are both ruled out – they are currently questionable but probably will not play. Garrett Temple, who starts occasionally, is listed as doubtful.
LaVine is having easily his best season in averaging 27.5 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists, but he didn't practice Tuesday after tweaking his right ankle in Monday's 116-102 loss at Golden State – Chicago's fourth straight defeat. LaVine has been playing through the ankle issue over the past few games and has not been quite the same player since the All-Star break.
Pre-break, he averaged 28.7 points on 52.5 percent shooting, and post-break LaVine is averaging 23.8 points on 47.2 percent from the field. LaVine seemed to hint he would need at least a game or two off.
It's also more likely than not that White sits after missing Monday with a neck issue and not practicing Tuesday. White has fallen a bit out of favor lately with Billy Donovan and is averaging 15.0 ppg on the season. Temple played only two minutes Monday and didn't practice Tuesday with a right hamstring issue. He averages 8.1 ppg.
Phoenix isn't listing anyone on the injury report as of this writing, and the Suns generally don't rest guys in the second of a back-to-back, but it's worth monitoring. They won a third straight Tuesday, 117-110 over the Hawks. Atlanta trailed for nearly the entire game until Trae Young made two free throws to tie it at 103-all with 3:31 remaining, but then Phoenix pulled away late.
The Suns go for the season sweep of the Bulls, winning 106-97 in Chicago on Feb. 26 behind 22 points each from Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Phoenix outscored the Bulls 32-16 in the fourth quarter. LaVine had 24 points for Chicago, White 19 and Temple five.
Chicago has covered the spread in eight of its past 10 in Phoenix and won its last trip there.
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