Chicago Bulls vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 1/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+7.5)
STAPLES Center is the venue where and the Los Angeles Lakers (6-2) will take on the Chicago Bulls (4-5) on Friday. The line on this game has Los Angeles as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 226.
The Chicago Bulls faced the Sacramento Kings and ended up losing by a score of 128-124 in their last contest. Chicago finished the contest with a 52.7% FG percentage (49 of 93) and converted 14 out of their 40 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Bulls buried 12 of their 15 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they compiled 43 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 27 assists in this matchup in addition to earning 3 steals and 2 blocks. Concerning defending, Chicago allowed their opponent to shoot 51.6% from the field on 47 of 91 shooting. Sacramento recorded 30 dimes and had 8 steals for this game. On top of that, the Kings grabbed 39 rebounds (12 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Sacramento finished the contest at 74.1% at the free throw line by knocking down 20 of 27 tries. They also converted 14 of 37 tries from long range.
Coby White is one player who was important for this contest. He racked up 36 points on 15 out of 23 shooting. He saw the court for 39:38 minutes and grabbed 3 boards. White ended up shooting 65.2% from the floor and also totaled 7 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in the game for the Bulls was Zach LaVine. He collected 7 boards and also accounted for 3 dimes. He finished the game shooting 54.2% from the floor in this game by going 13-of-24 (32 points). At the conclusion of this game, LaVine was on the court for 36:23 minutes.
Chicago enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 4-5 for the year. They are losing possession via turnover 17.8 times per game and as a team are committing 21.6 personal fouls every game. As a team, Chicago is pulling down 44.2 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 218 assists for the campaign, which is 5th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Bulls are connecting on 36.0% on three-point attempts (119 of 331) and 80.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.0 points per game (6th in the NBA) while hitting 46.1% from the floor. Defensively, the Bulls have forced 15.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 23.4 personal fouls. They are ranked 30th in the NBA in giving up assists with 238 surrendered so far this year. The Bulls are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.6% (136 of 211) and they concede 43.3 boards per contest as a group. They are giving up 37.5% on three-point shots and they rank 29th in the league in points per game allowed (120.6).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Los Angeles Lakers got the win with a final of 94-92 when they faced the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers corralled 43 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 52 in this game. They turned away 8 shots while getting 7 steals in the matchup. The Grizzlies committed 14 fouls for the game which took the Lakers to the charity stripe for a total of 11 shots. They were able to bury 9 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 81.8%. In relation to shots from distance, Los Angeles made 9 of their 31 tries (29.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Lakers ended up shooting 38 out of 87 from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.7%. The Lakers allowed the Grizzlies to convert 36 out of their 87 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.4% in this matchup. They finished 38.5% from behind the 3-point line by going 10 of 26 and finished the game at 10 out of 13 at the free throw line (76.9%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Los Angeles allowed Memphis to pull down 38 in total (5 offensive).
Anthony Davis was important for the Lakers for the game. He made 10 out of 20 in this game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which gave him 26 points. Davis collected 10 boards in his 34:25 mins of time on the court and had 4 dimes in this matchup. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Los Angeles was LeBron James. He ended up scoring 26 points in 34:05 mins played by going 11 out of 20 shooting for the matchup. James wrapped this one up going 55.0% from the field while also contributing 7 assists and 12 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss mark of 6-2 for the campaign. The Lakers are committing 18.6 fouls per contest and they connect on 77.1% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 25.9 times per contest (9th in the league) and they cough up possession 15.6 times per game. Los Angeles has totaled 913 pts for the season (114.1 per game) and they grab 48.9 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Lakers are connecting on 48.9% from the field, which ranks 4th in the league. The Lakers defensively are ranked 2nd in the league in points allowed per game with 104.1. The Los Angeles defense allows 33.7% on shots from distance (91 of 270) and their opposition makes 75.0% of their foul shots. They have given up 23.5 dimes and 41.5 total boards per game, which ranks them 13th and 5th in the league. They have forced 12.9 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.7% from the field (5th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+7.5)
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