Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago Bulls Pick

March 12, 8:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Chicago +1

The Chicago Bulls (19-49) and the Los Angeles Lakers (30-36) will square off in a cross-conference clash in the Windy City. The tip is set for 8:00 PM ET and will be televised on SPORTSNET. The Lakers presently own a four-game winning streak against Chicago. Most recently, the Bulls traveled down to the City of Angels in January where they were defeated by the Lakers by a score of 107-100. Both teams fostered a push as a result of the outcome as Los Angeles closed a seven-point choice. The Lakers are 3-0-1 ATS over their four-game winning streak against the Bulls.

Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago Bulls Overview

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers enter on a five-game losing streak which has been characterized as a disastrous relegation from the post-season. Most recently, the Lakers were in action on Friday against the visiting Boston Celtics and were subsequently defeated 120-107. The Lakers failed to cover in their fifth straight game closing as a 7.5-point underdog.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls enter on a two-game losing skid suffering back-to-back losses against divisional rival Detroit on both Thursday and Saturday. Overall, Chicago has gone 1-4 ATS and SU in their previous games. In their most recent result on Saturday, the Bulls were smoked in the Motor City falling by a score of 131-108 despite closing as a nine-point underdog.

Reasons To Avoid Los Angeles

The Lakers remain one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the NBA on both sides of the court. When it comes to taking advantage of free points, the Lakers are the worst in the league (69%). On the flip side, opponents have hit a 29th-ranked 79.1% from the charity stripe against the Lakers. The combination of these two elements in a game forecasted to be settled by a point makes the Lakers a hazardous play given the fact they leave so many points on the table.

Reasons To Back Chicago

In addition to the edge in the free-throw game, the Bulls own an advantage in the turnover department. Once again in a contest that is expected to be close, Chicago will get more opportunities it needs to produce the upset if it should even be classed as that.

Lakers at Bulls Pick 03/12/2019

Given all that has transpired as of late with the LeBron James Project Season 1 being a flop, this game was circled on my calendar. For a team like the Bulls who many thought could be flirting with a top draft lottery pick, this team wants its coda to offer a dissenting argument. Very simply, motivation levels will be working in favor of the Bulls as a win here against the game's generational talent will bear far more significance compared to the Lakers who have all but written off this season. Chicago will get the win here that much we can wager on.

Free Pick: 
Take Chicago +100
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