Clippers vs. Bulls - 11/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (7-3) at Los Angeles Clippers (5-3)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, FSW2, NBATV
The Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers play Monday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Chicago Bulls have split their last four games and are looking to be more balanced than the last few years. The Bulls are averaging 102.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting and are allowing 97.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting. The Chicago Bulls have won 12 of their last 14 regular season games when allowing less than 100 points. Jimmy Butler leads Chicago with 21.3 points on 53.3 percent shooting and Pau Gasol is averaging 18.6 points and 10.6 rebounds. Taj Gibson has grabbed six or more rebounds in three straight games and Mike Dunleavy is 7-17 from the field in his last two games. Derrick Rose remains doubtful for this matchup with a hamstring injury. The Chicago Bulls are a perfect 5-0 SU on the road this season.
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The Los Angeles Clippers have split their last six games and continue to struggle on the defensive end. The Clippers are averaging 103.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 102.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Scoring isn’t an issue for the Clippers, as Blake Griffin is averaging 23.6 points and seven rebounds, while Chris Paul is averaging 18 points and 10.1 assists. DeAndre Jordan has grabbed double-digit rebounds in four straight games and J.J. Redick has made two threes in five of his last six games. Jamal Crawford is 5-20 from the field in his last two contests. The Los Angeles Clippers have shown time and time again that they can put the ball in the hoop with the best of them, but they won’t get to where they’re trying to go until their effort defensively improves.
The Bulls are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Clippers are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 vs. NBA Central and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Bulls are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings, while the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Clippers are very good in the STAPLES Center and when those shots are falling, I'm afraid the Bulls don't have enough firepower to keep up on the offensive side. Give me LA and the small chalk.