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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-14) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls (17-10)
Date: Sunday, December 19th
Time: 8:00 PM (ET)
Venue: United Center Chicago, + Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers | Bulls (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Bulls -4.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Sunday, December 19th, finds the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Chicago Bulls for the second and final meeting of this season. In the initial meeting on November 15th, the Bulls won the match 121-103.
The Bulls Tuesday match versus the Pistons and Thursday versus the Raptors were postponed due to so many players being in quarantine. The Lakers played Friday losing 92-110 to the Wolves.
Last season, the teams played twice with the Lakers winning both contests. The Lakers hold the all-time record having bested the Bulls in 94 of their 158 matches.
Los Angeles Lakers
Although Russell Westbrook was able to play on Friday, the Lakers suffered a loss and also lost Anthony Davis for an extended period as he tweaked his ankle and then banged knees in the third frame forcing him to leave the match.
Davis suffered an MCL sprain and will be out four weeks prior to being evaluated again.
In the loss to the Wolves, Isaiah Thomas who was just signed by the Lakers came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points. LeBron James delivered a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds plus five assists, a steal, and two blocks.
Westbrook had 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, and a block while Kent Bazemore got the start offering 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Lakers like the Bulls have been hit by COVID but fared better as both LeBron James and Russell Westbrook were able to deliver two negative PCR tests and not miss significant time.
That said, there are five Lakers in various stages of quarantine with Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley, Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Austin Reaves all missing the match Friday and expected to be out Sunday.
Trevor Ariza (ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (knee) remain out indefinitely.
With so many players out in quarantine games versus the Pistons and Raptors were postponed this week. Orlando ended up signing four G-League players in order to play Friday and Saturday so it’s odd the Bulls couldn’t use the same hardship exceptions.
Chicago hasn’t played since December 11th (Heat) so the healthy players on the squad had a full week off.
Of the 10 players affected, they are in different stages of the quarantine but DeMar DeRozan, Coby White, and Javonte Green were upgraded to probable for Sunday while Stanley Johnson is questionable.
Zach LaVine, Derrick Jones Jr, Alize Johnson, Troy Brown Jr., Matt Thomas, and Ayo Dosunmu are all out indefinitely in quarantine. Patrick Williams (thumb) is lost for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 head to head contests
- The Lakers are 5-4-1 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over Under is 5-5 in the team’s last 10 head to head matchups
- The Bulls are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Lakers are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games.
- The Bulls are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games at home.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Lakers’ last 6 games.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction
Expect some rust from the Bulls who haven’t played in a week, but if DeRozan is back alongside Lonzo Ball, Nikola Vucevic, and Alex Caruso they’ll be competitive. However, with AD out it will also mean LeBron James will try to inspire his squad to play desperate.
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