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Clippers vs Bulls NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls
- Where: Chicago at United Center
- Date: Tuesday, January 31st
- Betting Odds CHI +3, LAC -150 | CHI +125 O/U 230.0
So far, the Clippers have put together an overall record of 28-25, while going 26-26-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
Not only did the Clippers drop their last game to the Cavaliers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 122-99 as 11 point underdogs. Los Angeles got off to a slow start, trailing by 30 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Brandon Boston Jr., as he contributed 24 points while hitting 47.4% of his shots.
So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 23-26, while going 26-23-0 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Chicago is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
In their previous game, the Bulls took down the Magic by a score of 128-109. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 2 point favorites. In the game, Chicago outscored their opponent in every quarter. Leading the team in scoring was DeMar DeRozan, as he contributed 32 points while hitting 78.6% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
The Bulls will look to carry over last year’s success vs Los Angeles, as the won both games of the series. The average point total of these two meetings was 210.0, with Chicago winning by scores of 100-90 and 130-90. Similar to their season-long average, the Clippers averaged 110.0 points per game vs the Bulls. On the other side, Chicago saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Clippers, as they averaged 117.5 points per game in these matchups. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Bulls hold the edge at 4-1. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just -1 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 231 points per game, leading a 3-1-1 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 53 games, the Clippers are averaging 110.7 points per contest, placing them 28th in the NBA. So far, the Clippers are averaging 97.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 25th in made shots 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.
Small-Forward Paul George currently leads the Clippers at 23.5 points per game. For the season, he is 23rd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, George is averaging 6.0 boards and 5.3 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 26th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Norman Powell enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 43 games, he is averaging 16.2 and is 108th in the league in player efficiency rating.
This season, the Chicago offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 114.5 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Bulls will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 made 3’s per game. If the Chicago offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 7th in fewest turnovers per game.
Against the Clippers, the Bulls will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 17th in points allowed.
On offense, DeMar DeRozan leads the Bulls in scoring at 26.4 points per game, placing him 17th in the NBA. Overall, DeRozan has hit 51.3% of his shots while accounting for 21.1% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 22nd in points allowed to small-forwards. At 23.8 points per game, Zach LaVine is the 2nd leading scorer for the Bulls. For the season, he is 83rd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.1%.
Clippers vs Bulls Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Clippers -3.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over 230.0