Los Angeles Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/14/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -4.5
Zach Lavine and the Chicago Bulls (9-17, 4th in the Central Division) host the Los Angeles Clippers (19-7, 2nd in the Pacific Division) at United Center on Saturday, December 14, 2019. The spread on this matchup has Los Angeles as 4.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 222.
The Clippers cover 57.7% of the time, having gone 15-11-0 ATS. Chicago is covering the spread 50.0% of the time, going 13-13-0 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
12/12/2019 Landry Shamet SG Ankle Expected to be out until at least Dec 14
12/12/2019 Patrick Beverley PG Concussion Expected to be out until at least Dec 14
12/11/2019 JaMychal Green PF Back Game Time Decision
12/11/2019 Rodney McGruder SG Hamstring Game Time Decision
12/6/2019 Amir Coffey SG Ankle Expected to be out until at least Dec 15
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
12/12/2019 Zach LaVine PG Shoulder Game Time Decision
12/12/2019 Denzel Valentine SG Ankle Game Time Decision
12/12/2019 Kris Dunn PG Knee Game Time Decision
12/12/2019 Jr C Abdomen Game Time Decision
12/12/2019 Ryan Arcidiacono PG Elbow Game Time Decision
12/12/2019 Cristiano Felicio PF Wrist Game Time Decision
12/12/2019 Chandler Hutchison SF Shoulder Game Time Decision
12/10/2019 Jr SF Foot Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Lou Williams averages 19.9 points per game in 31.0 minutes per contest. He averages 6.2 assists per contest and 3.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%. Kawhi Leonard comes into this contest averaging 24.9 points per game while playing 31.2 minutes per night. He pulls down 7.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is at 86%.
Lauri Markkanen averages 14.5 points per game and he sees the court an average of 29.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.7 rebounds per contest and 1.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is 81%. Zach Lavine averages 22.7 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per contest. He grabs 4.4 rebounds per game and has 4.0 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Clippers allow 107.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 3rd and 10th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.8 rebounds a game which ranks 17th, and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 15.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 18th in the league. Los Angeles averages 115.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 7.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 14th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the league. They average 49.2 rebounds per game and 23.4 assists per contest, which ranks them 2nd and 20th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 7th with 16.2 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Bulls surrender 108.3 points per contest, which ranks them 14th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 16th and 3rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 18th with 24.2 assists allowed per contest, and 28th with 47.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Bulls are 30th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 18.4 per game. Chicago is 23rd in the league with 106.6 points per game this year. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -1.7. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They are 23rd in the league in rebounding with 43.3 boards per game and 21st in assists per contest with 23.3. The Bulls are 13th in turnovers per game with 15.6.
The Clippers are 8th in the league in defensive rating with 104.2, and their offensive rating of 111.2 is ranked 6th. They are 7th in the NBA in pace with 103 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 18th. As a unit they are 13th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 20th in the NBA. Los Angeles is 13th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 28th in the NBA.
Chicago is 12th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 15th in the league. The Bulls are 26th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.6, and their defensive rating of 106.3 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 101.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 26th. As a team they are 25th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 10th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Clippers/Bulls NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles -4.5
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