Chicago Bulls vs. L.A. Lakers - 3/12/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
L.A. Lakers at Chicago Bulls
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM (United Center)
The Line: Chicago +1 -- Over/Under 226.5
TV: NBCH, SPEC
The Los Angeles Lakers pay a visit to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been in a real slump as they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to snap a five-game skid after falling short against the Celtics in a 120-107 home loss on Saturday. LeBron James led the team with a triple-double of 30 points with 10 rebounds and 12 assists, Moritz Wagner added 22 points while Johnathan Williams chipped in with 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. As a team, the Lakers shot 48 percent from the field and just five of 27 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by 10 points at halftime before getting blown out in the third quarter, but it was always going to be tough as they were without Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 30-36 on the season and 18-16 at home which is good for
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls sprung to life with five wins during a six-game stretch, but they’ve cooled off with four losses in their last five games and they will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after Sunday’s 131-108 road loss at Detroit. Wayne Selden led the team with 18 points off the bench while Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter Jr. each scored 17 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 50 percent from the field and nine of 18 from the 3-point line as they hung around with the Pistons until the third quarter where they were outscored by 42-25. With the loss, Chicago fell to 19-49 on the season and 11-23 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 0-5 ATS in their last five road games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 8-20 ATS in their last 28 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings, the road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the Lakers are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings.
The Lakers have been in a world of hurt lately and things are just going from bad to worse as the injury toll continues to climb. The Bulls haven’t fared much better lately, and they too will be hurting as they rely heavily on Zach LaVine who is doubtful for Tuesday after sitting out Saturday with a knee injury. It’s hard to know how these teams will play, given that there’s little to play for at this stage of the season, but the lesser teams in the league always seem to get up for LeBron and the Lakers and I think that happens again here as the Bulls come away with the narrow home win.