Lakers vs Bulls: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – January 23, 2021

A pair of the NBA’s top scorers match up when LeBron James (fourth, 24.4 PPG) and the Los Angeles Lakers (12-4) visit Zach LaVine (second, 27.2 PPG) and the Chicago Bulls (7-8) on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 9:00 PM ET on NBCS-CHI. The Lakers are favorites. The point total in the matchup is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of January 23, 2021, 1:06 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Lakers vs Bulls Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of January 23

Lakers:
Jared Dudley: Day To Day (Calf),
LeBron James: Day To Day (Ankle),
Kostas Antetokounmpo: Day To Day (Knee),
Anthony Davis: Day To Day (Ankle)

Bulls:
Wendell Carter Jr.: Out (Quad),
Adam Mokoka: Out (Concussion)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Bulls (+9)
Total Pick Over (227)
Prediction Lakers 118, Bulls 111

The model favors the Lakers by 6.8 points, just 2.2 less than the 9-point spread set by DraftKings.

In this game, the model projects a total (228.9 points) slightly higher than the DraftKings over/under (227 points).

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Lakers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
LeBron James 16 24.4 7.7 7.6 0.8 0.4 2.6
Anthony Davis 14 21.1 9.0 3.6 1.3 1.9 0.9
Dennis Schroder 16 14.1 4.0 4.4 1.1 0.2 1.1
Montrezl Harrell 16 13.9 7.3 1.0 0.6 0.6 0.0
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 12 11.2 2.2 1.3 1.0 0.3 2.4

Lakers Player Props

  • James’ assists prop total for the contest is listed at 8.5 assists, 0.9 greater than his season average of 7.6.
  • Anthony Davis’ PRA prop total for the contest is set at 36.5, 2.9 greater than his season average of 33.6.
  • James’ three pointers made prop over/under for the contest is set at 2.5, 0.1 shots less than his season average of 2.6.
  • Davis’ blocks prop over/under for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.4 blocks lower than his season average of 1.9.

Bulls Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zach LaVine 15 27.2 4.9 5.5 1.4 0.6 3.4
Lauri Markkanen 8 19.4 6.5 1.0 0.6 0.5 2.9
Coby White 15 16.0 5.0 6.1 0.5 0.1 2.4
Wendell Carter Jr. 14 12.8 8.0 2.4 0.6 0.6 0.3
Otto Porter Jr. 13 12.5 6.8 1.9 0.7 0.1 1.8

Bulls Player Props

  • LaVine’s PRA prop over/under for the contest is posted at 32.5, 5.1 lower than his season average of 37.6.
  • Coby White’s PRA prop over/under for the contest is set at 20.5, 6.6 lower than his season average of 27.1.
  • LaVine’s three pointers made prop over/under for the contest is set at 2.5, 0.9 shots lower than his season average of 3.4.
  • LaVine’s steals prop total for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.1 steals higher than his season average of 1.4.

Shooting Trends

  • The Lakers make 48.6% of their shots from the field this season, which is 0.6 percentage points higher than the Bulls have allowed to their opponents (48%).
  • Los Angeles is 6-3 against the spread and 7-2 overall when it shoots higher than 48% from the field.
  • Chicago’s record is 5-1 against the spread and 4-2 overall when its opponents make more than 48.6% of their shots from the field.
  • The Bulls’ 48% shooting percentage from the field this season is 3.1 percentage points higher than the Lakers have allowed to their opponents (44.9%).
  • Chicago has put together a 9-1 record against the spread and a 5-5 straight up record in games it shoots over 44.9% from the field.
  • This season, Los Angeles has a 7-5 record against the spread and a 9-3 straight up record when it allows opponents to shoot higher than 48% from the field.
  • The Lakers shoot 40% from beyond the arc, 2.8% higher than the 37.2% the Bulls allow to opponents.
  • Los Angeles is 6-2 against the spread and 8-0 overall when it shoots better than 37.2% from distance.
  • Chicago is 7-3 against the spread and 5-5 overall when its opponents shoot higher than 40% from deep.
  • The Bulls’ three-point shooting percentage this season (38.3%) is just 4.6 percentage points higher than opponents of the Lakers are averaging (33.7%).
  • Chicago is 10-2 against the spread and 6-6 overall when shooting above 33.7% as a team from three-point range.
  • Los Angeles has a 7-4 ATS record and an 8-3 straight-up record this season when it makes more than 38.3% of its three-point attempts.
  • The Lakers make 12.9 three-pointers per game this season, 1.1 fewer made shots on average than the 14 per game the Bulls give up.
  • Chicago has gone 4-2 against the spread and 4-2 overall this season in games it has out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When Los Angeles makes fewer threes than its opponents, it is 1-5 ATS and 2-4 straight up.
  • The Bulls are the seventh-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Lakers allow the third-fewest makes from deep.

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Lakers vs Bulls Stat Rankings

Lakers Rank Lakers AVG Bulls AVG Bulls Rank
7th 115.1 Points Scored 117.8 4th
2nd 105.2 Points Allowed 119.3 28th
3rd 47.9 Rebounds 44.7 9th
14th 10.2 Off. Rebounds 8.7 22nd
15th 12.9 3pt Made 14 7th
12th 25.5 Assists 25.9 10th
18th 14.2 Turnovers 17.1 29th

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