Free NBA Pick – Chicago Bulls @ Los Angeles Lakers

I’m back after a hiatus and I’m going to move to NBA basketball for my monthly pick. Tonight the 30-17 Chicago Bulls travel to Los Angeles to take on the 12-34 Lakers.

Chicago Bulls (30-17) @ Los Angeles Lakers (12-34)

 

Overview – The Chicago Bulls have won 3 of their last 4 games. On Tuesday they were victorious in overtime 113-111 at Golden State. The win ended the Warriors’ 19 game home winning streak. Guard Derrick Rose led the way with 30 points on 13 of 33 shooting in 43 minutes. He was 4 of 12 from the 3 point line. He also had 7 rebounds. He had a career-high 11 turnovers. Forward Paul Gasol and center Joakim Noah each had double-doubles. Gasol had 18 points and 16 rebounds. He was 7 of 12 from the field in 41 minutes. He also had 8 assists and 4 blocks. Noah had 18 points and 15 rebounds. He was 7 of 12 from the field in 40 minutes. He also had 6 assists and 2 steals. Rookie forward Nikola Mirotic chipped in with 12 points on 3 of 6 shooting in 31 minutes. He also had 7 rebounds. The team shot 42.9% from the field, 27.6% from the 3 point line (8-29), and 91.3% from the foul line (21-23). The Bulls out-rebounded the Warriors 61-48. The team is 9th in the league in scoring with 102 points per game. They are 15th in the league in points allowed with 99.4. They are 17-6 on the road this season. They have won their last 2 road games. They are 12-6 versus Western Conference opponents. Tonight is the 1st game of a back to back. They are 9-4 in the first game of a back to back so far this season. Tonight is also the 2nd game of a 6 game road trip. Tomorrow night they play at Phoenix. The Los Angeles Lakers have dropped 9 straight games. On Tuesday they were defeated at home 98-92 versus Washington. Guard Wayne Ellington led the team in scoring with 28 points on 12 of 20 shooting in 36 minutes. Guard Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points on 8 of 19 shooting in 37 minutes. Forward Ed Davis chipped in with 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting in 19 minutes. Center Jordan Hill scored 8 points and pulled down 11 boards. He was 4 of 13 shooting in 29 minutes. The team shot 42.5% from the field, 25% from the 3 point line (5-20), and 81.3% from the free throw line (13-16). The Lakers were out-rebounded 51-38. The team is 19th in the league in scoring with 99.1 points per game. They are 29th in the league in points allowed with 106. They are 6-17 at home this season. They have lost their last 5 home games. They are 6-7 versus Eastern Conference opponents. Tonight is the final game of a 3 game home stand. Their next game is Sunday at New York, which begins a 4 game Eastern Conference road trip.

Series History – In their first meeting this season Chicago cruised to a 113-93 home win versus Los Angeles. The Bulls have won the last 3 meetings with the Lakers.

Prediction – The Bulls had an extremely impressive victory at Golden State in their last outing. They own the 2nd best road record in the league. Meanwhile the Lakers have lost Kobe Bryant for the season and they continue to go downhill. The Bulls have lost 8 games against below .500 teams this season but most of those (6) have come at home. They’ll take care of business tonight.

Take the Bulls -9 (Bet365)

 

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