Lakers vs. Bulls - NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (30-17) at Los Angeles Lakers (12-34)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers play Thursday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Chicago Bulls have split their last 10 games and are coming off a big win over the Warriors. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 99.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Derrick Rose is averaging 18.6 points and 4.9 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 18.3 points and 11.9 rebounds. Taj Gibson is grabbing 7.9 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.9 assists. The Chicago Bulls are back to playing quality defense, as they’re allowing 43.1 percent shooting from the field and 29.1 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Bulls have won eight of their last 11 games when allowing less than 100 points. Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy are questionable for this game with injuries.
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The Los Angeles Lakers continue to drop in the rankings with nine straight losses. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 99.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting and are allowing 106 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Jordan Hill is averaging 12.2 points and eight rebounds while Carlos Boozer is averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. Jeremy Lin is dishing 4.6 assists and Ed Davis is grabbing seven rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are just a flat out mess, especially on the offensive side of the ball where they’ve scored 92 or less points in four straight games. The Lakers are averaging just 88.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting in their last five games. Nick Young is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Lakers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The underdog is 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings.
Hard to pick a Lakers team that can't score without its key players on the court. The Bulls are by far the better team here and should win an ugly matchup.