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Bulls vs. Lakers - 12/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers (8-19) at Chicago Bulls (18-9)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -10 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls play Christmas night at the United Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last four games and are coming off a big win over the Warriors. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 102.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting and are allowing 109.1 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Nick Young is averaging 15.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting and Carlos Boozer is averaging 13 points and 7.4 rebounds. Jeremy Lin is dishing out 4.9 assists and Wesley Johnson is shooting 42.8 percent from the field. The Los Angeles Lakers continue to be a highly competitive basketball team that is slowly learning how to finish and actually win games. Still, the Lakers have allowed 100-plus points in five of their last six games and are allowing teams to shoot 38.1 percent from deep in their last five games. Kobe Bryant and Jordan Hill are questionable for this game.

Bulls vs. Lakers - 12/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Bulls have won seven of their last eight games and look to be a force in the East. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 103 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 98.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.7 points and 6.2 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 17.9 points and 4.9 assists. Pau Gasol is grabbing 11.4 rebounds and Taj Gibson is shooting 54.2 percent from the field. The Chicago Bulls continue to play their brand of basketball, holding seven of their last 10 opponents under 100 points and allowing 43.1 percent shooting in their last five games. While the Bulls have been great this month, this is just their 12th home game and they’re 6-5 on their home court this season. Kirk Hinrich is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bulls are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. 

Are we watching the same Lakers teams? The Lakers have been really competitive over the last two weeks or so and have a couple of wins and close games against elite comp. Sure, the Bulls are the better team but they haven't been that great on their home court. I'll gladly take the Lakers and the free points. 

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Los Angeles Lakers +10

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