Lakers vs. Bulls Prediction
The Lakers are nearly a double-digit underdog tonight against the Bulls at 8:00PM ET. Will L.A. cover?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bulls are 9.5-point home favorites versus the Lakers while the over/under currently sits at 209.5 points. While the point spread hasn't moved, the total has dropped from 212.5 down to 209.5.
LAKERS KEY TRENDS: The Lakers are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven games versus Eastern Conference opponents, are 4-1-1 against the number in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points and are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games following a failed cover in their previous game. That said, they have failed to cover in 12 of their last 17 road games, are 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine games overall and are just 2-6 against the number in their last eight games playing on no rest.
BULLS KEY TRENDS: The Bulls have covered in seven of their last eight games overall, are 6-1 against the number in their last seven home games and are 10-2 against the spread in their last 12 games versus an opponent with a losing record. They're also 5-1 against the number in their last six games versus Western Conference foes, are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win, and are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
OUR PREDICTION: This spread seems high but the Bulls should win by 10-plus tonight against a Lakers team that hasn't covered the spread in six of their last eight games playing on no rest. Los Angeles is 5-4 against the spread as an away underdog but when you dig deeper, the Lakers lost by an average margin of 8.1 points per game in those nine contests. On the other side, the Bulls are 4-1 against the number in their five home games as a favorite this season, winning by an average of 11.2 points per contest over those five games. Chicago rolls tonight.
WEDNESDAY NBA PREDICTION: CHICAGO BULLS -9.5