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NBA Betting: L.A. vs. Chicago Preview/Predictions

NBA Lock Alert – Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers vs. Bulls (+10½)
(O/U) 194½
Tuesday, December 15 8:00 PM ET

Having lost eight of its last 10 games, the Chicago Bulls (8-14 SU, 5-15-2 ATS, 7-15 O/U) have plenty of problems of their own to deal with right now. Rumors are buzzing that the franchise is set to fire head coach Vinny Del Negro and the team has not shown much to believe in all season long.


Now, for all their troubles, the Bulls get to play host to a Los Angeles Lakers (18-4 SU, 10-12 ATS, 10-11-1 O/U) that will undoubtedly be in a bad mood after having their 11-game winning streak snapped in their last outing.

Chicago 411

Bulls are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 vs. NBA Pacific.
Bulls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a home underdog.

The Bulls were routed by the red-hot Boston Celtics on Saturday, losing 106-80 and failing to provide a payday for pro basketball BetUS sports betting backers as a 10-point home underdog.

Chicago has gone a bankroll-breaking 0-2-5 ATS over its last seven games and just 1-2-7 over its last 10 games overall.

Los Angeles 411

Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central.
Lakers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. loss.

The Lakers were handed a convincing 94-79 loss by the Utah on Saturday as Lakers star Kobe Bryant played his first game since suffering a broken finger.

L.A. failed to cover the NBA moneyline as a 1.5-point road underdog and have gone just 2-4 ATS over the last six games and a dead-even 5-5 ATS over its last 10 games overall.

Analysis: I expect tonight’s outcome to look similar to the Lakers win over the Bulls last month.

Los Angeles beat Chicago 108-93 on Nov. 11 with Pau Gasol scoring 24 points in his first game back from a hamstring injury. Even though Kobe Bryant is injured and will not be at full strength, I expect the more mature veteran the Lakers to handle Chicago led by a strong offensive effort from Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom.

The Lakers are averaging 13 points per game more than the Bulls this season while also allowing four points per night less than their counterparts tonight.

Kobe Bryant and company will be looking to immediately start a new winning streak and that effort begins with a big win and cover in Chicago.

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  1. The Lakers even with Kobe’s injured finger have too much talent for Chicago to keep this one close. Unless L.A. decides to take a night off and try to coast through this game, I like their chances to cover the 10.5