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Bad News: For Some Reason, Bulls-Lakers is the Only NBA Game Tonight

The lone NBA game on Tuesday’s hoops slate features a pair of historic franchises that are struggling mightily these days, as the Chicago Bulls travel to Tinseltown to renew acquaintances with the Los Angeles Lakers. If you don’t want to watch this one, I won’t judge you for it.

MyBookie opened the Bulls as 6-point road underdogs with a total of 210.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the Bulls’ last five games against the Lakers.
  • The Bulls are 3-1 ATS in their last four games against the Lakers.
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of the Bulls’ last 16 games as road underdogs.

Lonzo Ball, aka the son of the more famous LaVar Ball, doesn’t have as many appearances on CNN as his father but he did put up a fantastic game in Los Angeles’ 127-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets in his last time out. Ball notched 11 points, a career-best 16 rebounds and 11 assists in the triumph – a promising sign in what’s been a trying rookie campaign for the UCLA product.

The Bulls, in a word, stink right now. Chicago fell to a brutal 1-7 SU on the road after opening a four-game road trip with a 113-105 setback to the lowly Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Rookie sharpshooter Lauri Markkanen has been a glimmer of hope for the Bulls, as the Finn scored a season-best 26 points and also collected 13 boards in the loss to the Suns. Markkanen is averaging a team-best 15.6 points and eight rebounds on the year.

The teams split two meetings last season, with Julius Randle taking down 20 rebounds to match a career high in the Lakers’ triumph on November 30, 2016.

When the Lakers play at Staples Center, high-scoring affairs tend to follow. In Los Angeles’ last five at home, the OVER is 5-0.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Los Angeles Lakers opened as 6-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 209 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 112-101 victory for the Lakers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Chicago Bulls vs Los Angeles Lakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Los Angeles battles the Chicago Bulls, currently with a 3-11 mark (7-7 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 8-9 for the Los Angeles Lakers and 6-8 for the Chicago Bulls. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Chicago injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at OddsShark, it's the No. 20-rated Lakers and the No. 14-rated Bulls in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 14-ranked offense averaging 105.59 PPG, against a Chicago Bulls defense that ranks No. 14 at 104.86 PPG. The Lakers' field-goal percentage has averaged 45.67% so far, more than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 41.41% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Lauri Markkanen went off for 26 points and added 13 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Phoenix defeated Chicago, 113-105 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Los Angeles got 24 points from Julius Randle en route to a 127-109 victory over Denver on Sunday at STAPLES Center.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Chicago's last 25 games
  • LA Lakers is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • LA Lakers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • LA Lakers is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • LA Lakers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Utah, Wednesday, November 22
Los Angeles at Sacramento, Wednesday, November 22