NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Virtually every one the stats are ugly for the Bulls. They have lost eight straight and they are 5-16 straight 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 from the NBA Pacific Division. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five matches against the Western Alliance.
The Lakers are 14-9 straight up at home but have coated in just nine of those games. They’re 4-10 ATS in non-conference matches and 7-16 ATS when facing a team with a losing record. That’s ugly.
The Bulls have dropped all their past seven, giving up at least 117 points in four of those games. This group has a listless defence that cannot stop anyone. Although they let 111.0 points per game on the season (17th), they’ve allowed an average of 126.7 within their past three. That includes a beat down at the hands of this Golden State Warriors, who scored 146 points against this team.
The Bulls have looked utterly lost since trainer Jim Boylen took on the group from recently fired head coach Fred Hoiberg. The players do not enjoy his style and have had run-ins together with him. Oddly enough, although the front office gave Boylen an extension and a raise. The group is merely 5-14 beneath Boylen.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are without LeBron James right now but they can not pin all their problems on his absence. They had been 17-10 at one stage this season and are just 6-13 since. He’s been out since Christmas Day but the Lakers fall started while he was still there. More recently, this group has dropped five of their past seven and seven of 10.
The Lakers offence has completely disappeared without James in the lineup as they’re averaging just 107.3 points per game over their last 15 contests (23rd in the NBA). That is a massive dip from the 121.0 that they dropped in October (third in the NBA).
The concern is that this is a really disjointed roster and gamers aren’t developing. Kyle Kuzma is playing great but Lonzo Ball is donating only 9.4 points per game while shooting 36.2% from the field this month. JaVale McGee averaged 15.5 points per game in October but is down to only 8.4 in January. And Brandon Ingram remains a bit inconsistent as he has scored 17 or more four times this month but scored 15 or less in another 3 games. Add in that Josh Hart has only 17 points in total in the last 3 games and a lot of the fingers start pointing towards Walton that he can’t create the young players on this roster. The fantastic news is that the Bulls are a larger mess and the Lakers should look after business in this spot.