The Chicago Bulls welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to the United Center on Sunday evening. The Bulls return to action after two COVID-related postponements, and Chicago is 17-10 this season. The Lakers are 16-14 this season with a 6-7 road record. Zach LaVine (protocols), Patrick Williams (wrist), Troy Brown Jr. (protocols) and Alize Johnson (protocols) are out for Chicago, with Derrick Jones Jr. (reconditioning) listed as questionable. LeBron James (abdominal) is listed as probable for Los Angeles, with Trevor Ariza (ankle) listed as questionable. Anthony Davis (knee), Talen Horton-Tucker (protocols), Dwight Howard (protocols), Malik Monk (protocols), Austin Reaves (protocols), Avery Bradley (protocols) and Kendrick Nunn (knee) are out for the Lakers.
Tip-off is at 8 p.m. ET in Chicago. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Bulls as six-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 216 in the latest Lakers vs. Bulls odds. Before you make any Bulls vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Bulls and locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Bulls vs. Lakers:
- Lakers vs. Bulls spread: Bulls -6
- Lakers vs. Bulls over-under: 216 points
- Lakers vs. Bulls money line: Bulls -250, Lakers +205
- LAL: The Lakers are 11-19 against the spread this season
- CHI: The Bulls are 17-10 against the spread in 2021-22
Why the Lakers can cover
The Lakers are keyed by a strong defense. Los Angeles is allowing only 107.1 points per 100 possessions this season, with opponents shooting only 44.4 percent from the field. The Lakers are allowing only 33.5 percent shooting on 3-point attempts, and Los Angeles is creating 15.6 turnovers per game, a top-six figure in the NBA. The Lakers are averaging 8.6 steals and 5.8 blocks per game, and Los Angeles is producing 17.7 points per game off turnovers. Chicago is just No. 27 in the NBA in 3-pointers, making only 11 per game, and that could allow Los Angeles to be even more aggressive on defense.
On offense, the Lakers are No. 6 in the NBA in free throw attempts, averaging more than 21 per game, and Los Angeles is lethal in transition with 15.5 fast break points per game. The Lakers also average nearly 47 points in the paint per game, with above-average marks in field goal percentage (46.3 percent), 3-point percentage (35.4 percent) and assists (24.5 per game).
Why the Bulls can cover
Chicago's defense is playing quite well to begin the 2021-22 season. The Bulls are yielding only 106.8 points per 100 possessions, and Chicago is No. 3 in the NBA in two-point defense, with opponents shooting just 50.0 percent from inside the arc. Opponents are averaging only 22.6 assists per game against the Bulls, and Chicago is creating 15.0 turnovers per contest. The Bulls are also strong in specialized situations, allowing only 10.7 fast break points per game and 44.0 points in the paint per game.
Los Angeles is just No. 28 in the NBA in free throw accuracy, and the Lakers have committed the second-most turnovers in the NBA this season. With that defense joining forces with an offense that ranks in the top 10 in overall shooting efficiency, turnover prevention, fast break points and points off turnovers, the Bulls are in a favorable situation.
How to make Bulls vs. Lakers picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 207 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 50 percent of the time. You can only get the model's Lakers vs. Bulls picks at SportsLine.
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