Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls prediction and betting tips (December 19)
The Chicago Bulls welcome the Los Angeles Lakers at United Center after their previous two games were postponed. The Bulls are 8-of-4 at home and want to bounce back with a win in this clash.
DeMar DeRozan, the Bulls guard, is averaging 26.4 points per game
DeMar DeRozan, the Bulls guard, is averaging 26.4 points per game
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Chicago Bulls host the Los Angeles Lakers in their next NBA regular-season game.

The match is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, 19 December 2021. The game time by GMT is 1:00 a.m. on Monday, December 20. The match venue is United Center, Chicago, Illinois.

Latest odds on betting sites

The Los Angeles Lakers moneyline odds are set at 2.68 (+168 American; 42/25 Fractional), while Chicago Bulls to win moneyline odds are set at 1.55 (-180; 5/9). This equals approximate probabilities of 37% against 63%, respectively.

Over/Under:

  • Over 214.5 points: 1.98 (-102; 50/51)
  • Under 214.5 points: 1.98 (-102; 50/51)

Spread:

  • Lakers +4.5: 1.96 (-104; 25/26)
  • Bulls -4.5: 1.96 (-104; 25/26)

Match preview and stats

The Los Angeles Lakers are sixth in the Western Conference standings with 16-14, 16 wins and 14 losses. They are 10-7 at home, 6-7 away and 6-4 in the last 10 games. The Lakers lost 92-110 to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Lakers lost both halves of the match, and entered the final frame by a 20-point deficit. Q1 (16-23), Q2 (29-31), Q3 (20-31), Q4 (27-25), TOT (92-110). Lebron James led the team with 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal. Isaiah Thomas totalled 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting, with two rebounds, an assist and a block, off the bench. Russell Westbrook followed up with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block.

Anthony Davis finished with nine points in 20 minutes before going off injured. Kent Bazemore added 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Wayne Ellington had eight points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal. Off the bench, Carmelo Anthony had eight points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block, while Rajon Rondo dished out eight assists, made five rebounds and scored three points.

Team statistics: 30/78 (38.5%) field goals, 12/43 (27.9%) 3-pointers, 20/29 (69%) free throws, 26 assists, 36 total rebounds, six steals, seven blocks, 18 turnovers, 22 fouls.

Los Angeles Lakers team news: Trevor Ariza, Malik Monk and Anthony Davis are doubtful, while Avery Bradley, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and Austin Reaves are sidelined for the game.

The Chicago Bulls are second in the Eastern Conference standings with 17-10, 17 wins and 10 losses. They are 8-4 at home, 9-6 away and 5-5 in the last 10 games. Their last two games against the Detroit Piston and the Toronto Raptors were postponed. The previous two games the Bulls played they lost.

Chicago lost 92-118 to the Miami Heats in their last game. Q1 (25-39), Q2 (27-26), Q3 (18-21), Q4 (22-32) TOT (92-118). Zach Lavine led the Bulls with 33 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. Lonzo Ball followed up with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Nikola Vucevic and Troy Brown Jr. both dropped 10 points, Vucevic added eight rebounds, two assists and one steal, Brown Jr. added four rebounds, four assists and one steal to it.

Alex Caruso dished five assists, scored six points, made one rebound and one steal. Off the bench, Alfonzo McKinnie and Devon Dotson dropped six points with one assist respectively, while Tony Bradley made seven rebounds with four points, one assist and one block.

Team statistics: 31/38 (37.3%) field goals, 17/40 (42.5%) 3-pointers, 13/20 (65.0%) free throws, 22 assists, 34 total rebounds, five steals, three blocks, 14 turnovers, 15 fouls.

Chicago Bulls team news: Demar DeRozan is cleared of protocols and can return to the lineup.

Lakers vs Bulls H2H

The Chicago Bulls have already won the first meeting between both sides this season. They beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-103 in their last meeting.

Key players and lineups

Los Angeles Lakers projected starting lineup:

  • Point guard: Russell Westbrook
  • Shooting guard: Wayne Ellington
  • Small forward: Lebron James
  • Power forward: Kent Bazemore
  • Center: Dwight Howard

Lebron James is the key player to watch out for. The 19-year veteran is averaging 25.7 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game and 6.8 assists per game. His shooting percentage, 50.0% FG, 35.7% 3P and 76.2% FT. He led the team in the last match with 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal.

Chicago Bulls projected starting lineup:

  • Point guard: Lonzo Ball
  • Shooting guard: DeMar DeRozan
  • Small forward: Javonte Green
  • Power forward: Alex Caruso
  • Center: Nikola Vucevic

The key player to watch out for is DeMar DeRozan. The guard is averaging 26.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 4.1 assists per game. He’s shooting on 49.8% FG, 33.3% 3-pointers and 88.8% FT.

Betting tips and prediction

The Chicago Bulls know how to move around tough situations like this. The Bulls will have DeMar DeRozan back, with Caruso, Lonzo Ball and Vucevic also available. This is a good lineup for their home game. The Los Angeles Lakers are going to be without Anthony Davis who went off injured in the last game. Lebron James and Russell Westbrook will be available for this clash. The Lakers need to improve and play better basketball. If they go on with this form, the Bulls will win this clash.

Betting prediction: Chicago Bulls to win

Odds: 1.55 (-180 American; 5/9 Fractional)

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