In this battle between two squads sitting outside the top-8 of their respective conference, the Chicago Bulls (19-49), are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (30-36), with both teams having lost their last two and five games respectively and are looking to end those losing streaks in this game.
Date/Time: 03-12-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Chicago Bulls +1
Chicago Bulls have a 19-49 record (30-37-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the East. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pistons with a 108-131 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Zach LaVine with 23.8 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and 4.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Lauri Markkanen with 19.2 ppg and a team high 9.2 boards per game.
Los Angeles Lakers have a 30-36 record (26-38-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the West. They have lost seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Celtics with a 107-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.1 ppg, adding 8.1 dimes and a team high 8.6 boards per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 18.8 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Lakers won at home with a 107-100 score. Bulls have an 8-26 home record, while the Lakers are 12-20 on the road. Lakers are better offensively, scoring 112 ppg to Bulls’ 105 ppg, while Bulls are better defensively, allowing 112.7 ppg to Lakers’ 114. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (47.4% to 45.4%), while Bulls have a better 3-point percentage (35.3% to 33.3%). Lakers are better both in boards grabbed (46.3 to 42.4) and in dimes made (25.3 to 22.1), while Bulls are better in turnovers committed (13.7 to 15.2). It is going to be a close game and Vegas odds give the Lakers a -1 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the hosts in this one.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls Prediction: Chicago Bulls +1 (-109)
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