Lakers vs. Bulls Pick
Will the Chicago Bulls be able to hold off the Los Angeles Lakers when the two meet in Chicago at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Chicago is favored in this game, as the Bulls are getting odds of -4 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 223 points. Los Angeles has won and covered in the last two meetings with the Bulls, including the lone encounter this year, a 103-94 win in Los Angeles in November. Tonight’s game will take place from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Los Angeles is actually coming into tonight somewhat hot, winning their last three games. However, all three were at home. The Lakers are 18-29 overall, 6-15 on the road and 24-23 against the spread. L.A. is averaging 106.6 points per game right now while allowing 109.9 per contest. Kyle Kuzma has been leading the Lakers this season with 16.7 points and 6 rebounds per game while Brandon Ingram is adding 15.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
Chicago is coming off back-to-back road losses to the Pelicans and 76ers. The Bulls are now 18-30 overall, 11-12 at home and 29-18-1 against the spread. Chicago is averaging 103.6 points per game on offense while allowing 109 per game on defense. Nikola Mirotic is leading the Bulls this season with 17 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while Lauri Markkanen is adding 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest.
The Bulls haven’t had a great year, but are 14-8 against the spread at home. Their defense allows just 104.7 per game at home while the Lakers are giving up 112.5 per game on the road. Chicago has been a better team since Mirotic returned and I think they can handle themselves at home against a lackluster Los Angeles team. The public betting is behind the Lakers, but I will take the Bulls at home.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CHICAGO BULLS -4