Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers continue their charge towards the playoff as they host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon. The Lakers are -5.5 point favorites over the Bulls with an over/under point total set at 195.
Head to head, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings while the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 17-5 ATS in the last 22 meetings. The Lakers are 14-37 ATS in their last 51 games following a S.U. win, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Bulls on the other hand are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, but just 7-21 ATS in their last 28 vs. Western Conference.
For all the Lakers success over the last couple of weeks, they are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games. While they took care of Boston and Minnesota handily, they struggled against Portland, Atlanta and most recently Toronto, where they needed some Kobe Bryant magic to get them across the line. Chicago on the other hand looked really ordinary in recent road losses at Oklahoma City and San Antonio, but you know what, those are two of the toughest places to play in the whole league, excluding Denver. The Bulls still remain as the best against the spread road team in the Eastern Conference, covering in 18 of their 30 games away from the United Center.
Chicago has won the last three meetings between the two and has covered in four of the last five. Even though the Bulls can struggle on offense from time to time, they shouldn’t have much problem against the Lakers Swiss cheese defense. I won’t be on this game myself because we are right at the awkward number of 5.5, but if the Hawks and Raptors can get within a bucket, then so can Chicago.
Chicago Bulls +5.5 Los Angeles Lakers