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(18-29) L.A. Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls (18-30)
Date: Friday January 26
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: Bulls -165
NBA Betting Odds: Bulls -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 218
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The L.A. Lakers are one of the most talked about and youngest teams in the NBA, and travel to take the court against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers are currently riding a three game win streak and have won six of their last eight. Chicago is one of the worst teams in the NBA this year, and are looking to stop a two game losing skid.
The last time the Lakers and Bulls took the court against each other, was November 21st. The Lakers got the win at home, 103-94. The Lakers rallied from 19 down to get the win.
The Los Angeles Lakers are always one of the most talked about teams in sports. This season the team is young and loaded with a ton of young talent. The headliner always seems to be Lonzo Ball. Ball has been sidelined with a knee injury, and has been held out for precautionary reasons.
Ball is averaging 10 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game this season. Not bad for a rookie, but he isn’t the only rookie trying to prove a point for the Lakers this season. Kyle Kuzma has been playing at a high level since the summer league. Kuzma leads the Lakers in scoring with 16.7 points per game this season.
Kuzma is a rookie from Utah who came from out of nowhere to lead the Lakers in scoring. Second year player Brandon Ingram, was believed to be the one to lead them Los Angeles in scoring this year, but has played well as the Lakers second option. Scoring 15.5 points per game this year.
Aside from the play of Ingram, Ball and Kuzma, the Lakers are playing better with Lavar Ball being in Lithuania. In all seriousness, his comments have been distractions to the team, and since he’s been somewhat quiet, the Lakers are getting wins.
The Lakers are terrible on the defensive side of the ball. The team is allowing 109.9 points per game this season.
The Chicago Bulls are currently 12 games under .500 this year. The team struggled to start the season, and have made progress, but can’t seem to get over the hump. The Bulls are riding a two game losing streak, and most recently took a loss at Philadelphia, 115-101. Chicago shot 38 percent from the field, and 29 percent from three point land in the 14 point loss.
Chicago shot the ball poorly against the Lakers in the first matchup. The Bulls shot 38 percent from the floor, and 30.6 percent from three point land in the win. If the Bulls are going to win the rematch, they must not allow the Lakers to come back from a double digit deficit. The Bulls scored a combined 38 points in the second half against Los Angeles, leading to the loss.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bulls are allowing 109 points per game this season. Good enough for 25th in the NBA this year. Chicago is also a much better team at home. Look for the Bulls to be fired up at home against the young Lakers.
NBA Betting Trends:
- LAL are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Central.
- LAL are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Over is 7-1 in CHI last 8 vs. Western Conference.
- CHI are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
- CHI are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Free L.A. Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
With Lonzo Ball out again for the Lakers, expect a heavy dose of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson for Los Angeles. The Lakers must have a big game from those three in order to get the win.
The Bulls are sputtering right now, but are a more competitive team at home despite an 11-12 record. Lauri Markkanen should have a bounce back game against the Lakers. He was 4 of 17 in the first meeting.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls -4.5
The Lakers or Bulls are from from the teams they use to be. Expect a good game, with the Bulls covering at home.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Bulls 109 – Lakers 98
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