Chicago Bulls (21-23) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (22-22)
Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers 1/25/24 – As the NBA season progresses, the upcoming clash between the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers on January 25, 2024, is garnering significant attention. Currently, the Bulls stand at 21-23, while the Lakers are closely matched with a 22-22 record. This game, crucial for both teams’ playoff aspirations, is scheduled at 10:30 PM ET at the Crypto.com Arena, a venue that has witnessed numerous dramatic basketball showdowns. Fans and NBA expert picks are eagerly anticipating this matchup, as it promises to be a pivotal point in the season for both teams.
The Bulls have displayed both resilience and inconsistency this season. Averaging 110.6 points per game with a 46.1% field goal percentage, their performance can fluctuate, as seen in their last five games (3-2) where their performances fluctuated drastically; their 3-point shooting at 35.9% can be game-changing yet requires improvement; rebounding strength (43.5 per game); however their turnover rate (11.8) could pose challenges against teams such as the Lakers.
The Lakers have shown significantly stronger offensive capabilities, averaging 114.8 points per game with an efficient 48.9% field goal percentage. They share similar records as the Bulls but perform marginally better against the spread on the road (8-12). Their 3-point shooting percentage (36%), however, differs only slightly – excelling defensive rebounding (34.8 per game) and assist production (27.9 per game). Their higher turnover rate (13.8 per game) and lower offensive rebound total (8.4 per game) may pose potential concerns.
Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers 1/25/24 Game Info
|Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 10:30 PM ET
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DeMar DeRozan (SF) vs. Anthony Davis (PF)
DeRozan has carried the inconsistent Bulls offense this season, playing in all 44 games and starting every one while averaging a team-high 37 minutes per game. He’s tallying 21.9 points, 5.3 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per contest. DeRozan excels at creating his own shot, either pulling up from mid-range or using crafty moves to get to the rim. He’s shooting an efficient 46.1% from the field despite not having a reliable three-point shot. DeRozan also excels at drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line. His slash and shoot style makes him a tough cover for most opposing wing defenders. However, DeRozan does have some weaknesses that the Lakers will surely target. He’s shooting just 35.9% from deep and struggles when forced to play on the perimeter. DeRozan can also be overpowered on the boards and isn’t an elite on-ball defender either.
Anthony Davis has once again put up stellar numbers when actually on the court, averaging 24.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 blocks per game. He’s hyper-efficient with a 48.9% mark from the field and 77.6% from the charity stripe. Davis does most of his damage in the paint using an array of post moves and face up drives. Davis also has a penchant for drifting to the perimeter too often instead of overpowering smaller defenders down low. While still elite, his current 24.9 scoring average is lower than the last two seasons.
This matchup pits DeRozan’s scoring against Davis’ two-way dominance if healthy. Both players are among the best at their position. Whichever star plays better could determine who wins this tightly contested game.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this game are yet to be determined. However, given the teams’ current standings and recent performances, it’s expected to be a closely contested game. Bettors should keep a close eye on the injury reports and lineup changes as the game day approaches, which could significantly impact the odds.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Bulls are just 3-2 straight up and 2-3 against the spread over their last five contests. This indicates they are not entering this game playing exceptionally well. However, the Bulls totals have gone OVER in three of their past five outings. This suggests their defense has some holes that can be exploited.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
Similar to Chicago, the Lakers are 3-2 straight up and 3-2 against the spread over their previous five. With LeBron sidelined, Los Angeles has played better as a team recently. Like the Bulls, totals have gone OVER for the Lakers in three of their last five matchups. Their defense has not been stout this season
Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers 1/25/24 Betting Picks
Our top NBA handicappers see this as an extremely close game that will come down to the final minutes. The key will be which team can capitalize on their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses. The Lakers have a slight edge due to their home-court advantage and superior rebounding and assists stats.
In terms of betting, look closely at the point spread and over/under. Both teams have shown a tendency for high-scoring games, so the over might be a good bet. In terms of a straight pick, the Lakers seem to be the safer choice, especially with their home-court advantage.
Free Pick and Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers 115, Chicago Bulls 110.