Bulls vs. Lakers Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 08, 2021

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The second match of a back-to-back for the Lakers has them hosting the 4-5 Bulls, who have been making their way down to the West Coast since Tuesday.

Chicago
31-41
AT
January 08, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
42-30
Pointspread +8.5 -110
Moneyline +288
Over / Under o +221.5

32%

Betting Action

68%

Pointspread -8.5 -110
Moneyline -358
Over / Under u +221.5

32%

Betting Action

68%

Last night was an off evening for the 6-3 Lakers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of San Antonio after a 118-109 Spurs win. Los Angeles is now 2-3 at home this season.

For Chicago, their West Coast swing ends with two nights of basketball at Staples Centre beginning Friday night versus the Lakers.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Since Chicago’s yet to make the playoffs since 2016–17 — never mind an NBA Finals appearance — these two iconic franchises have seen little of one another as of late. LeBron James has played the Bulls just twice as member of the Lakers, winning both games by a combined 11 points.

Chicago’s not coming to L.A. at full health either. After news broke on January 1 of forward Chandler Hutchison receiving a positive COVID-19 test, he along with teammates Lauri Markkanen, Ryan Arcidiacono, and Tomas Satoransky have been held out of the Bulls’ lineup due to league health protocols.

Chicago Bulls

Despite the complications it’s been a pleasant road trip for the Bulls, splitting their first two on the road and further going 2-1 in their last three against Western Conference opponents.

Shooting guard Zach LaVine’s led the way as his 24.7 points per game rank atop Chicago’s roster and in 16th in the NBA. His efforts have Chicago in the top 5 in points per game — a night and day difference after finishing fourth-last a year ago. What’s even wilder is the Bulls lead the NBA in turnovers per game.

It’s led to some entertaining games, with Chicago giving up the second-most points per game in turn. It explains the sub .500 record, but with their past three first-round picks in Coby White, Wendell Carter, and most-recently Patrick Williams all starting and producing, the Bulls are no longer a free spot on the schedule.

Los Angeles Lakers

It’s been anything but home sweet home for the Lakers this season. Thursday’s loss to the Spurs saw James and Anthony Davis combine for just 50 points, and the three other L.A. starters posting 23 points total. L.A.’s scored no fewer than 107 points at home too, it’s defence that’s been the problem but at Staples Centre only.

While the Lakers are giving up a league-low 99 points on the road, they’re allowing 111 per contest at home and it’s led to two wins in five games. With a quick turnaround for James and Co., it won’t be no cake walk climbing back to .500 on the road and into first in the West.

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