Bulls vs. Lakers Point Spread: NBA Odds, Prediction
NBA Point Spread and Betting Diagnosis
Virtually all of the stats are awful to the Bulls. They have lost eight straight and they are 5-16 straight up on the road. 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 in the NBA Pacific Division. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five matches against the Western Conference.
The Lakers are 14-9 up at home but have covered in only nine of those matches. They are 4-10 ATS in non-conference games and 7-16 ATS when facing a team with a losing record. That is ugly.
The Bulls have lost all their past seven, giving up at least 117 points in four of these matches. This group has a listless defence which cannot stop anyone. Even though they let 111.0 points per game on the season (17th), they’ve allowed an average of 126.7 within their last three. This includes a beat down in the hands of the Golden State Warriors, who also scored 146 points against this group.
The Bulls have looked utterly lost since trainer Jim Boylen took over the team from newly fired head coach Fred Hoiberg. The gamers don’t enjoy his style and also have had run-ins with him. Oddly enough, although the front office gave Boylen an expansion and a rise. The group is just 5-14 under Boylen.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are without LeBron James right now but they can’t pin all their issues on his absence. They had been 17-10 at one point this season and are just 6-13 since. He’s been out since Christmas Day but the Lakers decline started while he was still there. This team has dropped five of their last seven and seven of 10.
The Lakers offence has disappeared without James in the lineup since they’re averaging just 107.3 points per game over their last 15 contests (23rd at the NBA). That’s a huge dip from the 121.0 that they dropped in October (third in the NBA).
The concern is that this can be a very disjointed roster and players are not growing. Kyle Kuzma is playing great but Lonzo Ball is donating just 9.4 points per game while shooting 36.2% from the field this month. JaVale McGee averaged 15.5 points a game in October but is down to only 8.4 in January. And Brandon Ingram remains somewhat inconsistent as he has scored 17 or more four times this month but scored 15 or less in the other 3 games. Insert in that Josh Hart has just 17 points in total in the previous 3 games and lots of the fingers start pointing towards Walton he can not create the young players on this roster. The fantastic news is that the Bulls are a bigger mess and the Lakers should take care of company in this area.
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