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L.A. Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/15/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Bulls at L.A. Lakers
Date & Time Tuesday January 15, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
STAPLES Center
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles -6.5 -- Over/Under 214
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The Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Chicago Bulls at the STAPLES Center on Tuesday night.

The Chicago Bulls have been in a real slump lately as they’ve lost eight of their last nine games and they will be hoping to snap a seven-game skid after falling to the Jazz in a 110-102 road loss on Saturday. Zach LaVine led the team with 21 points, Lauri Markkanen added 16 points while Wayne Selden and Jabari Parker each scored 11 points. As a team, the Bulls shot just 41 percent from the field and seven of 25 from the 3-point line as they really took it to the Jazz for three quarters until the Jazz outscored them by 29-20 in the fourth quarter to run away with it. In fairness, the Bulls actually put together a great effort to compete with the Jazz after getting blown out by 37 points the previous night, but the loss drops them to 10-33 overall and 5-17 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have been in trouble since LeBron James went down with that groin injury as they’ve now lost seven of their last 10 games after falling to the league-worst Cavaliers in a 101-95 home loss on Sunday. Kyle Kuzma led the team with 29 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Brandon Ingram added 22 points while Lonzo Ball chipped in with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Lakers shot just 39 percent from the field and seven of 34 from the 3-point line, but the real problem was that it looked like they were just in cruise control until the fourth quarter where they realised they were in trouble. With the tough loss, Los Angeles fell to 23-21 overall and 14-9 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last four games playing on two days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a home record above .600. The Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.

The Lakers aren’t in panic mode yet, but things certainly aren’t looking good as the young role players haven’t stepped up in the absence on LeBron. The Bulls have been in a slump themselves as they’ve won just one of their last nine games and they’re dealing with their own internal issues as there are reports that Robin Lopez and Kris Dunn went at it in practice. This is a game I’d rather stay away from, as you couldn’t trust either team right now, so I think the smart play is to take the Bulls with the points while the Lakers are still vulnerable.

Pick:
Chicago +6.5
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