Thursday, January 28, 2016
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
The Chicago Bulls travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The opening line for this game has Chicago as 10 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 208.
The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 25-19 and a road record of 9-10. They are 2nd in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.5 as they are averaging 101.3 points per game while giving up 100.8 per contest. Chicago is 6-4 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 16-13. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Lakers have an overall record of 9-38 and a home record of 5-16. They currently are 5th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 96.3 points per game and surrendering 106.2, good for a point differential of -9.9. Los Angeles has a division record of 1-8 and a conference record of 3-28. In their last 10 games they are 1-9.
Jimmy Butler comes into this contest averaging 22.3 points per game while playing 38.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulls. He pulls down 5.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 84%. Pau Gasol averages 16.6 points per game in 31.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.1 assists per contest and 10.9 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Kobe Bryant averages 15.8 points per game while playing 29.1 minutes per contest this year for the Lakers. He grabs 3.9 rebounds per game and has 3.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 35% and his free throw percentage currently is at 78%. Jordan Clarkson averages 15.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.8 rebounds per contest and 2.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 79%.
Chicago averages 101.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.5 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 26th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 57.9 rebounds per game and 21.6 assists per game which ranks them 2nd and 16th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 14th with 14.5 per game. The Bulls allow 100.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.5 rebounds a game which ranks 27th and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 11.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the league.
Los Angeles averages 96.3 points per game this year which ranks them 27th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -9.9 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team which has them sitting in the 30th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 30th in the NBA. They average 52 rebounds per game and 18.4 assists per contest which ranks them 15th and 29th respectively. In the turnover department the Lakers rank 11th with 14.1 per game. The Lakers allow 106.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 10th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 55.6 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 23.7 assists per contest which puts them in 26th place in the league. The Lakers force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the NBA.
The Bulls average 103.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 93.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -1.2 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -0.3 per contest. The Bulls have an offensive rating of 103.5 and a defensive rating of 103. In terms of pace they average 96 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 48%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 52% and they shoot 3 pointers on 24% of their shots. Chicago turns the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions and they force 10.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 47%.
The Lakers score 95.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 96 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -11 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -6.7 points per game. The Lakers rating on offense is 100.2 and they have a defensive rating of 110.5. They get 95.9 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 46%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 50% and they attempt 3 pointers on 29% of their shot attempts. Los Angeles turns the ball over on 12.9 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 17-27-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 22-22-0 against the over/under
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 20-26-1 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 21-26-0 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Injuries
09/26/15 G Mike Dunleavy Back out indefinitely
01/27/16 PG Derrick Rose Hamstring "?" Thursday vs. LA Lakers
01/25/16 G E'Twaun Moore Hamstring "?" Thursday vs. LA Lakers
01/25/16 C Joakim Noah Shoulder out indefinitely
01/21/16 G Kirk Hinrich Quad out indefinitely
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
01/27/16 G Kobe Bryant Shoulder "?" Thursday vs. Chicago
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Tony Sink
Get all of Today's Free NBA Picks
Get all of Today's Expert Expert NBA Picks