NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Almost all the stats are awful for the Bulls. They’ve lost eight straight and they are up on your way. Chicago is 3-7 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 3-11-1 ATS in the last 15 against teams in the NBA Pacific Division. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five matches against the Western Alliance.
The Lakers are 14-9 up in your home but have coated in just nine of these games. They are 4-10 ATS in non-conference games and 7-16 ATS when facing a team with a losing record. That is ugly.
The Bulls have dropped each of the last seven, giving up at least 117 points in four of these games. This team has a listless defence that cannot stop anybody. Even though they let 111.0 points per game on the season (17th), they have allowed an average of 126.7 within their last three. This includes a beat down at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, who also scored 146 points from this group.
The Bulls have appeared utterly lost since trainer Jim Boylen took on the team from recently fired head coach Fred Hoiberg. The players do not enjoy his style and have had run-ins with him. Oddly enough, though the front office just gave Boylen an extension and a rise. The team is merely 5-14 beneath Boylen.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are without LeBron James right now but they can not pin all of their problems on his lack. They had been 17-10 at one point this year and are only 6-13 since. He’s been out since Christmas Day but the Lakers fall started while he was still there. This team has dropped five of the last seven and seven of 10.
The Lakers offence has disappeared without James in the lineup as they’re averaging just 107.3 points per game over their last 15 contests (23rd at the NBA). That’s a massive dip in the 121.0 they dropped in October (third in the NBA).
The issue is that this can be a really disjointed roster and players are not developing. Kyle Kuzma is enjoying great but Lonzo Ball is contributing just 9.4 points per game while shooting 36.2% from the area this month. JaVale McGee averaged 15.5 points per game in October but is down to just 8.4 in January. And Brandon Ingram is still a bit inconsistent as he’s scored 17 or more four times this month but scored 15 or less at the other three games. Add in that Josh Hart has only 17 points in total in the previous three games and a lot of the fingers start pointing towards Walton that he can’t develop the young players on this roster. The fantastic thing is that the Bulls are a bigger mess and the Lakers must take care of company in this area.