- Chris Paul sees -152 odds to finish with Over 11.5 assists
- Paul is averaging 10.4 assists per game which leads the league.
- Paul’s APG has gone up to 12.5 per game in the last 10 outings.
CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls host the Phoenix Suns and Suns All-Star point guard Chris Paul is expected to have a big game.
Online sportsbooks are hosting odds for Paul’s assist totals and the Over is heavily favored.
Over/Under – Assists Chris Paul (PHO)
- Over (11.5) -152
- Under (11.5) +116
Paul is leading the league in assists, averaging 10.4 APG which has increased to 12.5 APG over the last 10 outings.
While Paul is coming off of a 9 assist night against the Washington Wizards, the four prior games saw Paul finish with 12 against the Atlanta Hawks, 14 against the Brooklyn Nets, 19 against the San Antonio Spurs, and 14 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Paul has been on a tear with big assist nights and this trend is expected to continue by sportsbooks.
The Bulls are continuing without starting point guard Lonzo Ball who is out with injury. Ball would have been the primary defender on Paul in this matchup were he playing.
In the head-to-head matchups with Ball as his primary defender, Paul is averaging 9.1 assists. While Lonzo hasn’t shut down Paul completely, he has managed to keep his assists to single figures in the 10 games they have faced one another.
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The Bulls are still a solid defensive team, however, as they have a defensive rating of 111.5 on the season. Chicago has also had no opponents finish with double-digit assists in their last 10 games. Paul would have to break that streak in order to finish with the Over.
The Wizards managed to hold Paul to just 9 assists in their last outing. Washington has a defensive rating of 112.2, slightly worse than the Bulls.
While Paul’s streak of big assists nights explains the short odds at NBA sportsbooks, the total being set at 11.5 does lend itself to underdog betting.
Paul finishing with 11 or 10 assists would still be a big night for him but would see the Under being hit. The +116 odds may be the best bet for this betting line.
Things tip off at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.
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