Check out our free Bulls vs Clippers pick and preview for this NBA game in Los Angeles. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Bulls vs Clippers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Clippers
- Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
- Date: Monday, March 27th
- Betting Odds LAC -4.5, CHI +159 | LAC -195 O/U OFF
The Bulls come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 36-38. So far, the team has gone 38-36-0 against the spread. Chicago comes into the game having rattled off 2 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 19.0 points.
Chicago is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Lakers. With the 118-108 victory, they also covered the spread as 5 point underdogs. Chicago entered the second half with a 8a point lead, and were able to slightly extend that margin and prevent a second half comeback by the Lakers. In the win, Zach LaVine led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 68.4%.
So far, the Clippers have put together an overall record of 39-36, while going 37-37-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Los Angeles is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Clippers are coming off a dissappointing 131-110 loss to the Pelicans. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 4 points. In the defeat, Los Angeles did not outscore the Pelicans in a single quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Bones Hyland, as he contributed 18 points while hitting 58.3% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Clippers picked up the 108-103 win over the Bulls. The Clippers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 3.0 point favorite. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Bulls averaged 117.5 points per game vs Los Angeles, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Bulls saw a boost in scoring, the Clippers averaged 110.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Chicago. This figure was similar to season-long average. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Bulls hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just -2 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 230 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Bulls come into today’s game as the 19th ranked scoring offense at 113.4 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bulls are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.1 per contest. Even though the Bulls are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 36.7%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.
Defensively, Chicago has had its problems giving up an average of 112.0 points per game (17th).
Shooting Guard Zach LaVine currently leads the Bulls at 25.1 points per game. For the season, he is 34th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, LaVine is averaging 4.6 boards and 4.2 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 17th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. DeMar DeRozan enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 67 games, he is averaging 25.0 and is 40th in the league in player efficiency rating.
For the season, the Clippers offensive unit is ranked just 23rd in scoring at 112.8 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Clippers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.9 per contest. This slow style of play has made a difference in their overall scoring numbers, as Los Angeles is just 23rd in made field goals per game.
Against the Bulls, the Clippers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 11th ranked unit at 108.39 points per game.
Kawhi Leonard is expected to play a key role in Los Angeles’s scoring efforts against the Chicago today, as Paul George is unavailable. George is the team’s leading scorer this season with 23.8 points per game. Leonard is 2nd in scoring for the team with 23.7 points per game, which ranks him 29.0th in the NBA. In his 46 games, he has hit 51.2% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game.
Bulls vs Clippers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Clippers -4.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF