NBA Lakers vs. Bulls Picks & Predictions for Monday, January 21, 2013 Print
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Monday, 21 January 2013 16:30
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CHICAGO, IL (ATS Consultants) – After playing three straight overtime games, the Bulls will look to win their fourth game in their last five contests when they visit the Lakers at 9:30PM ET.

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Last game: (12/25/11). Chicago (+4.5) over LA LA LAKERS, 88-87. The Los Angeles Lakers (17-23 SU, 16-23-1 ATS, 20-19-1 O/U) are looking to come back from two straight losses. They fell at Toronto on Sunday, 108-103 giving 4.5. The Bulls (23-16 SU, 15-24 ATS, 16-23 O/U) are coming off three overtime games, but went 2-1 in the process. They did fall on Saturday to Memphis at home, 85-82 in overtime, getting 2. The Lakers visit the United Center on Monday night at 9:30pmET to take on the Bulls in Chicago.

ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Bulls as a 1.5-point favorite over the Lakers. The total is 194.5 in most books.

LINE MOVEMENT: The line opened as a pick-em and moved to Chicago -1.5 in most books. The total opened at 195 and moved to 194.5 in most books.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 64% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Bulls. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.

NBA FREE PICK: Take Chicago. According to latest NBA trends, the Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall, 12-28-1 ATS in their last 41 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game, 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 vs. Eastern Conference, 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. loss,  1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Monday games. Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss,  47-23-2 ATS in their last 72 games following a S.U. loss and home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Los Angeles Lakers attempt to end a five-game road losing streak when they visit the Chicago Bulls on Monday. The Lakers are a dismal 5-13 overall away from home this season. Chicago had won three consecutive outings before falling in overtime to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.  Los Angeles has lost eight of 10 games and in after their loss to Toronto, in which center Dwight Howard was ejected point guard Steve Nash criticized the team. Second-year forward Jimmy Butler excelled in his first career start in the loss to Memphis. Butler was in the lineup due to the absence of injured starter Luol Deng (hamstring) and played more than 47 minutes while posting career highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bulls C Carlos Boozer is averaging 21.4 points and 13.8 rebounds over the last five games. With or without Deng, the Bulls beat a tired, aging and frustrated Lakers team on Monday.

2013 NBA FREE PICK: CHICAGO BULLS -1.5

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