Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls Picks, Spread and Prediction

Date/Time: 01-23-2021, 21:00 EDT Spread: Chicago Bulls +9 Total: +228.5

The Bulls have a 7-8 record (11-4 ATS, 10-5 O/U) and are 9th in the East. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they defeated Charlotte on the road, 123-110, beating the odds. Over is 6-1 in their last 7 games. They are 8-1 ATS in their last 9.

The Lakers have a 12-4 record (9-7 ATS, 5-11 O/U) and are tied for first in the West. They and 6-1 in their last 7 and in their last game they defeated Milwaukee on the road, 113-106, beating the odds. They have gone over the 229 total only twice in their 16 games this season. They are 5-1 ATS in their last 6.

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In their previous meeting earlier this season, the Lakers won at home by 117-115, not beating the odds. Over is 3-0 in their last 3 meetings, but Under is 4-0 in the four before that. Under is 11-5 in their last 16 meetings in Chicago. Bulls have the fourth-best offense (117.8 to 115.1 ppg), but they have the third-worse defense (119.3 to 105.2 ppg). Bulls have an average total of 237.1 and Lakers 220.3.

I’m going to pick the Bulls with +9 today, as they have been extremely good ATS in their last nine games and have no trouble being competitive in the second legs of their back-to-backs.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls Prediction: Chicago Bulls +9 (-108)

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