Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (25-19) at Los Angeles Lakers (9-38)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls invade the Staples Center to battle the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.
The Bulls have lost three of their last four games and will be looking to bounce back from Monday's tough 89-84 home loss to the Heat. Pau Gasol led the way with 19 points and 17 rebounds, Nikola Mirotic added 15 points while Jimmy Butler and Aaron Brooks had 13 points each, but the Bulls simply couldnt find a basket in a 28-16 fourth quarter dominated by the Heat. Derrick Rose had just four points before tweaking his hamstring on Monday and his status for tonight is uncertain, while Mirotic won't return to the team until after the All-Star break as he recovers from an appendectomy.
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Meanwhile, the Lakers will be looking to snap their seven-game losing streak after falling to the Mavericks by 92-90 at home on Tuesday. Jordan Clarkson led the team with 18 points, Julius Randle added 16 points while Louis Williams had 14 as the Lakers battled with the Mavericks for the entire game before Dirk Nowitzki stole the win with a clutch jumper with just two seconds left on the clock. Kobe Bryant sat out the game with soreness in his shoulder and his status for tonight's game is uncertain.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record, while the Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the under is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
The Bulls have been playing well below their best but they really can't afford to miss out on this opportunity to earn a win against the struggling Lakers to get back on track. Take Chicago to win this one by double digits.