Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 1/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-9)
United Center is the site where and the Chicago Bulls (6-8) will take on the Los Angeles Lakers (12-4) on Saturday. Chicago opens this contest as 9-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 227.
The Los Angeles Lakers took the court against the Milwaukee Bucks and earned the victory with a final of 113-106 in their last game. Los Angeles wrapped up the game having earned a 46.6% FG percentage (41 out of 88) and converted 19 of 37 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Lakers buried 12 of their 15 shots for a rate of 80.0%. With respect to pulling down boards, they collected 38 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 25 dimes for this contest while having 8 steals and 8 rejections. In reference to defense, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 50.6% from the floor on 44 out of 87 shooting. Milwaukee totaled 27 dimes and had 5 steals in this game. Additionally, the Bucks grabbed 46 rebounds (5 offensive, 41 defensive) and added 5 rejections. Milwaukee finished the game at 75.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 9 of their 12 attempts. They knocked down 9 of their 28 attempts from beyond the arc.
LeBron James is a player who came through in the game. He finished with 34 points on 13 of 25 shooting. He saw the court for 38:04 mins played and also pulled down 6 rebounds. James shot 52.0% from the field and recorded 8 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the matchup for the Lakers was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He grabbed 3 boards and accounted for 2 dimes. He shot 70.0% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 7-of-10 (23 points). At the conclusion of this game, Caldwell-Pope saw the court for 27:19 minutes.
Los Angeles steps onto the hardwood with a record of 12-4 for the year. They are turning it over 14.9 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.3 fouls per contest. As a team, Los Angeles is snagging 47.9 boards per game and is sitting with 408 assists for the season, which is 2nd in the league in terms of passing. The Lakers are hitting 40.0% on three-point attempts (206 of 515) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 115.1 pts per game (6th in the NBA) while shooting 48.6% from the field. On the defensive end, the Lakers are forcing their opponents into 13.8 turnovers every game and they draw 20.4 fouls. They are giving up 33.7% from 3-point land and they rank 2nd in basketball in points per game allowed (105.2). The Lakers are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 44.9% (220 of 327) and they concede 41.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They currently rank 27th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 390 surrendered this season.
In their last game, the Chicago Bulls walked away with a victory by a final of 125-120 against the Houston Rockets. The Bulls earned 37 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 in the matchup. They stuffed 3 tries while earning 10 steals for this contest. The Rockets were called for 20 personal fouls in the game which got the Bulls to the free throw line for 21 shots. They were able to convert 19 of those for a percentage of 90.5%. With regard to shots from 3-point land, Chicago converted 20 of 45 tries (44.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulls finished 43 for 92 from the field which gave them a rate of 46.7%. The Bulls permitted the Rockets to make 46 out of their 88 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 52.3% in the matchup. They went 42.5% from downtown by going 17 of 40 and ended up shooting 11 out of 17 from the charity stripe (64.7%). When discussing rebounding, Chicago allowed Houston to collect 36 in total (2 on the offensive glass).
Zach LaVine ended up being a major contributor for the Bulls in the game. He converted 11 out of 16 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 68.8%, which had him sitting at 33 points. LaVine pulled down 4 rebounds in his 36:43 minutes of time on the court and had 7 assists for the contest. Another guy who was a determining factor for Chicago was Lauri Markkanen. He finished with 18 points in his 33:40 minutes on the court by way of 5 of 12 shooting in this contest. Markkanen finished going 41.7% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 7 rebounds.
Chicago has a mark of 6-8 on the campaign. Chicago has totaled 1,644 pts on the year (117.4 per contest) and they average 44.8 boards per game. The Bulls commit 21.6 personal fouls per game and they go 80.5% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Bulls are connecting on 47.8% from the floor, which is 8th in the league. They are earning an assist 25.4 times per game (12th in the league) and they are turning it over 18.1 times per game. The Bulls on defense are ranked 28th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 120.0. The Chicago defense concedes 38.2% on 3-point attempts (203 of 532) and their opponents are converting on 75.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 25.4 assists and 42.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 21st and 6th in the league. They have forced 14.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.8% from the field (26th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-9)
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