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Bulls vs Lakers Preview

Los Angeles LakersChicago Bulls
16-25January 20, 2014, 08:00 | United Center19-20

The Bulls will try to pay off for their supporters on Monday when they play host to the Lakers at United Center in NBA wagering action.

The Lakers will try to spoil the party on Monday; they are 23-18 ATS against the number this season, while the Bulls are 18-21 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Los Angeles is 21-18-2 on the totals; Chicago is 16-23.

View Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Bulls in this one, they were listed earlier as -8.5-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 197 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Bulls - Lakers odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 13 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Lakers sit at No. 30. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 91-86 win for the Bulls.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 112-106 result against the Raptors on January 19. The Lakers covered in that game as a 9-point underdog, while the 218 combined points took the game OVER the total. Toronto was scorched by Nick Young for 29 points as the Lakers defated the Raptors 112-106 in NBA action on Sunday.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 103-78 winner as they battled the 76ers at home. The Bulls covered in the match as an 8.5-point favorite, while 181 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chicago cruised to victory on Saturday, running Philadelphia out of the gym and running up a 103-78 score at United Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 29-ranked offense (92.59 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 29 at 105.85 PPG. The Bulls have averaged 42.59% from the field per game, less than the Lakers have managed so far this season (44.07% on average).

Next up:
Los Angeles at Miami, Thursday, January 23rd
Chicago at Cleveland, Wednesday, January 22nd