Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/20/14
Los Angeles Lakers (16-25) at Chicago Bulls (19-20)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -9 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
The Lakers head to Chicago on Monday to face off against the Bulls.
The Chicago Bulls and the Lakers meet up on Monday as two traditional NBA powers that are currently in rebuilding mode. The Bulls are sitting at 19-20 on the year, and thanks to their defense, do actually have a shot at the post season. This won’t mean much however as the Bulls have no real hopes of making any kind of run in the playoffs. If it weren’t for the defense for the Bulls, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Chicago currently has the second ranked defense in the league this season, holding opponents to an average of 92.5 points per game. The offense is the issue in Chicago as the Bulls are ranked 29th in the league in scoring offense, putting up 92.6 per outing.
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The Lakers and their fans are already dreaming of the possibilities of next season as the Lakers are in fourth place in the division, and trail the division leading Clippers by 11.5 games. The Lakers are basically the opposite of the Bulls, as Los Angeles still has some ability to put up points, but their defense is atrocious, allowing a whopping 105.9 points per game. The Lakers have won two in a row heading into this game, both of which were on the road against the Raptors and the Celtics.
The Lakers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall, and the Lakers are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games against the Central. The Lakers however are just 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games against a team with a winning home record.
The Bulls are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, and the Bulls are 5-1 against the spread in their last six following an outright win.
I have to go with the Lakers here. Los Angeles has been playing better as of late, and even if the Bulls do win and control this game, I just don’t see Chicago putting up enough to cover this near double digit spread. Even at home.