Bulls vs. Lakers Prediction
Can the Los Angeles Lakers get themselves on track when they play host to the Chicago Bulls tonight at 10:30PM ET?
523 Chicago Bulls vs. 524 Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
10:30PM ET – STAPLES Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Lakers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Bulls. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 215 points. The public betting for this game currently has 75 percent going on the Lakers as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Bulls on big skid
The Chicago Bulls are on a seven-game losing streak right now following a 110-102 loss at Utah this weekend. They are just 2-4 against the spread in their last six games. Chicago is 10-33 overall, 5-16 on the road, 20-23 against the spread and 25-17-1 with the under.
Chicago has one of the worst offenses in the NBA, averaging just 100.9 points per game while shooting just 44.5 percent from the field. Defensively, Chicago is allowing 111 points per game. Zach LaVine is leading the team with 23.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while Lauri Markkanen is adding 16.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest.
Lakers coming off bad loss
Los Angeles is coming off an embarrassing 101-95 loss at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a 10.5-point favorite. The Lakers are now 23-21 overall, 14-9 at home, 18-25-1 against the spread and 28-15-1 with the under.
The Lakers are in the middle of the road on offense and defense this year. Offensively, Los Angeles is putting up 111.4 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field. Defensively, the Lakers are giving up 110.6 points per game while holding opponents to just 44.4 percent shooting. LeBron James continues to miss time with his groin injury while Rajon Rondo is out until later in the month with his finger injury. Kyle Kuzma is leading the team right now with 18.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Brandon Ingram is adding 16.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Bulls are just 3-11-1 against the spread in their last 15 games against Pacific Division opponents and 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference.
The Lakers are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five against Eastern Conference opponents.
The Lakers haven’t been very good without LeBron in the mix, losing at home to the likes of the Cavs, Knicks and others. Since the injury, they have just two wins by more than 7 points. The Bulls aren’t a good team, but they have managed to be competitive against some good teams, including a cover at Utah this weekend. I just don’t trust the Lakers to play well enough to really blow past a team. They haven’t showed a consistent ability to do that in their current form.
NBA Prediction: Chicago Bulls +7