24 Ago Bulls vs. Lakers Point Spread: NBA Odds, Prediction
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Virtually every one of the stats are awful to the Bulls. They’ve 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 Alliance.
The Lakers have been 14-9 straight 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 dropped all their past seven, giving up at least 117 points in four of those matches. This group has a listless defence that cannot stop anybody. Although they let 111.0 points per game on the season (17th), they have allowed an average of 126.7 in their last three. This comes with a beat down in the hands of the Golden State Warriors, who scored 146 points from this group.
The Bulls have appeared utterly lost since coach Jim Boylen took over the group from recently fired head coach Fred Hoiberg. The gamers do not like his style and have had run-ins together with him. Oddly enough, though the front office just gave Boylen an extension and a rise. The group is just 5-14 beneath Boylen.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are without LeBron James right now but they can’t pin all of 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 decline started while he was there. More recently, this team has dropped five of the past seven and seven of 10.
The Lakers offence has completely disappeared without James in the lineup since they’re averaging only 107.3 points per game over their last 15 contests (23rd in the NBA). That’s a huge dip from the 121.0 that they dropped in October (third in the NBA).
The issue is that this can be a really disjointed roster and players aren’t developing. Kyle Kuzma is playing great but Lonzo Ball is contributing just 9.4 points per game while shooting 36.2percent from the field this month. JaVale McGee averaged 15.5 points per game in October but is down to just 8.4 in January. And Brandon Ingram is still somewhat inconsistent as he’s scored 17 or more four times this month but scored 15 or less at the other three games. Add in that Josh Hart has just 17 points in total in the previous 3 games and a lot of the fingers start pointing towards Walton that he can not develop the young players on this roster. The good news is that the Bulls are a bigger mess and the Lakers must take care of company in this spot.
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