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(19-50) Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Clippers (39-30)
Date: Friday March 15
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 229
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The Bulls have shown signs of life at times this season but ultimately as they visit the West Coast the +8.5 underdog points Chicago is getting doesn’t seem like an enough. That’s especially true if the Bulls’ leading scorer continues to sit.
The Clippers have a lot more incentive in this game as they fight to climb up in the Western Conference seedings. That being said, LA is probably in a comfortable spot with a 4.5 game lead over the 9 seed Kings with 13 to play but wins never hurt your cause.
The Bulls have slipped back into their funk a little bit having dropped three straight games coming into Friday’s contest. Before that Chicago had actually been showing some improvement, winning 3 of 5.
Chicago is in the rough spot of really nothing to play for but also too far out of the tank spot for losses to mean anything. At 19-50 the Bulls have 6 more wins than the Knicks, 3 more than the Suns, and 2 more than the Cavs. This is with just 13 games to go.
Part of Chicago’s recent woes have come from Zach LaVine being out of the lineup with a sore knee. He is the Bulls’ leading scorer at 23.8 ppg and also dishes out the most assists and grabs the most boards on the team. LaVine had three 30+ games in his last six before being injured.
The Bulls do have some players that would be capable to step up but one, Otto Porter, Jr., is Q Friday with a knee injury. Lauri Markkanen is another offensive threat but he’s been held under 20 points for the last six games.
So Chicago is going to have trouble scoring (108 or less in five straight games) but can their defense keep things close? Not likely as the team has allowed 123 and 131 points the last two games. After getting a lead on the Lakers Tuesday, LA turned things around and manhandled the Bulls in the 2nd half.
Los Angeles Clippers
As stated, wins definitely don’t hurt the Clippers cause right now. LA is basically in a pick your poison spot as they are comfortably ahead of the 9 seed but within 0.5 games of as high as the 6 seed. Do the Clippers want the #1 Warriors, the #2 Nuggets, or the #3/4 Thunder/Rockets is what they are aiming for.
It’s obvious the Clippers are still in winning mode after being victorious in 5 of 6. LA did fall their last game at home to Portland 104-125, but the Bulls are nowhere near the caliber of team as the Trail Blazers.
The location of the game is also a huge advantage for the Clippers. LA will play their fourth straight at the Staples Center while Chicago has to travel cross-country, albeit with 2 days rest. The Bulls are 11-22 on the road this season whereas LA is 20-13 at home.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bulls are 1-5 ATS their last 6 overall
- Bulls are 7-3 ATS their last 10 road games
- Clippers are 7-1 ATS their last 8 overall
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS their last 6 home games
- Bulls are 4-9 ATS the last 13 H2H meetings
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Prediction:
Chicago has covered in 7 of 10 road games but they could be extremely shorthanded in this one without LaVine and possibly without Porter. The Clippers have two more home games upcoming after this one so they are calm and relaxed and want to compile as many wins as possible with Brooklyn and the Pacers on the horizon.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers -8.5
It’s just hard to see a Bulls skeleton crew go to LA and stay competitive with a Clippers team that coach Doc Rivers knows needs momentum heading to the postseason….and would like to get out of the 8 seed to avoid Golden State in the first round of the playoffs.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Clippers 116 – Bulls 102
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