Bulls vs. Lakers Point Spread: NBA Odds, Prediction
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Almost every one of the stats are awful for the Bulls. They have lost eight straight and they are 5-16 straight up on your way. Chicago is 3-7 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 3-11-1 ATS in the last 15 against teams from the NBA Pacific Division. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Western Conference.
The Lakers have been 14-9 up in your home but have covered in only nine of these games. They are 4-10 ATS in non-conference matches and 7-16 ATS when facing a team with a losing record. That is ugly.
The Bulls have dropped each of their past seven, giving up at least 117 points in four of these games. This group has a listless defence that cannot stop anyone. Even though they allow 111.0 points per game on the season (17th), they’ve allowed an average of 126.7 in their last three. This comes with a beat down at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, who scored 146 points against this team.
The Bulls have looked utterly lost since coach Jim Boylen took over the team from recently fired head coach Fred Hoiberg. The players do not enjoy his style and have had run-ins with him. Oddly enough, though the front office just gave Boylen an expansion and a rise. The group is merely 5-14 under Boylen.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are without LeBron James right now but they can’t pin all their problems on his lack. They had been 17-10 at one stage this season and are just 6-13 since. He has been out since Christmas Day but the Lakers fall started while he was there. More recently, this group has dropped five of their last seven and seven of 10.
The Lakers offence has disappeared without James in the lineup as they’re averaging only 107.3 points per game over their last 15 contests (23rd in the NBA). That is a huge dip from the 121.0 that they dropped in October (third in the NBA).
The concern is that this is a very disjointed roster and gamers aren’t growing. Kyle Kuzma is enjoying good but Lonzo Ball is contributing only 9.4 points per game while shooting 36.2percent from the area this month. JaVale McGee averaged 15.5 points per game in October but is down to only 8.4 in January. And Brandon Ingram remains somewhat inconsistent as he’s scored 17 or more four times this month but scored 15 or less at another 3 games. Add in that Josh Hart has just 17 points in total in the previous three games and a lot of the fingers start pointing towards Walton he can’t develop the young players on this roster. The fantastic thing is that the Bulls are a larger mess and the Lakers must take care of business in this spot.
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