Lakers vs. Bulls Expert NBA Betting Analysis and Free Pick

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DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls in action. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP.

With DeMar DeRozan and Coby White set to return to the Bulls, does Chicago have an edge, at home, against the Lakers? Let’s dive into the NBA odds and decide which way to lean at top betting sites.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls

Sunday, December 19, 2021 – 08:00 PM EST at United Center

Before capping any games in any sport, especially the NBA, you have to look at who is out and not playing in this game due to COVID protocols. From December 1 to December 13, there were 10 Bulls players that were out. Earlier this week, the Bulls also watched their games against the Pistons and Raptors get canceled.

The Bulls aren’t 100 percent back but will finally get to play a game against the Lakers on December 19. It’s been more than a week since the Bulls last played. Currently, it looks like Coby White, Javonte Green, DeMar DeRozan, and Derrick Jones Jr. are all cleared to return. Jones Jr., however, could miss this game as his conditioning isn’t up to standards. Still, Matt Thomas, Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, Troy Brown Jr., and Alize Johnson are still in protocol.

On the other hand, the Lakers have 11 players that are still available for tonight’s game. That includes Russell Westbrook, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore, Rajon Rondo, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan, and a bunch of lower-tier players like Isaiah Thomas, Jay Huff, Chaundee Brown, and Trevor Ariza. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s break down the game a little bit.

The Lakers have been awful defensively this year, allowing 106.9 points per 100 possessions. Los Angeles turns the ball over 15.3 percent of the time and rarely gets offensive rebounds or gets to the line. Meanwhile, the Bulls’ defense has done an above-average job, allowing 107.7 points per 100 possessions.

The Bulls will force 15.4 percent turnovers and can win the defensive glass against the Lakers. On the other hand, the Bulls have limited turnovers to 13.6 percent and get to the line at a high rate. The Bulls are scoring 110.9 points per 100 possessions and have an effective field goal percentage of 53 percent. Chicago hasn’t been dominant on the offensive glass, but the Lakers are one of the few teams that struggle to keep teams off the glass, to begin with.

Prediction

Right now, I’m just not sure how these two teams will respond with a limited amount of depth. For Chicago, it’ll be good to have Coby White and DeMar Derozan back, however, their conditioning might be off a bit too. The best bet for this game seems to be the under. The Lakers have been above average defensively this season, outside defensive rebounding while the Bulls have also done well on the defensive end, earning a bunch of turnovers.

So, for my NBA pick, I’ll take the under 214.5 knowing that both teams could struggle to score the basketball, especially late in the game when there’s just no one to put in for depth purposes.

NBA Pick: Under 214.5 (-110) via BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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