Through 1 Quarter
The Los Angeles Lakers are flexing their muscles against the Chicago Bulls, showing why they were favored to win all along. The Lakers are in control with a 31-19 lead over Chicago.
Power forward Anthony Davis has taken over for Los Angeles, currently boasting 15 points (48% of their total) in addition to three rebounds. Chicago has enjoyed the tag-team combination of shooting guard Zach LaVine and power forward Cristiano Felicio. The former has eight points along with three boards, while the latter has two points.
This is the first time Chicago has been down going into the second quarter in the past seven games.
Los Angeles @ Chicago
Current Records: Los Angeles 12-4; Chicago 7-8
What to Know
The Chicago Bulls haven’t won a matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers since Nov. 20 of 2016, but they’ll be looking to end the drought Saturday. The Bulls are getting right back to it as they host Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET Jan. 23 at United Center. Chicago is hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 119.33 points per game.
You can’t lose the contest if you win every quarter, and that was precisely Chicago’s strategy against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. Chicago enjoyed a cozy 123-110 victory over Charlotte. Shooting guard Zach LaVine (25 points) and Power forward Lauri Markkanen (23 points) were the top scorers for Chicago.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks typically have all the answers at home, but on Thursday the Lakers proved too difficult a challenge. Los Angeles beat Milwaukee 113-106. It was another big night for Los Angeles’ small forward LeBron James, who shot 6-for-10 from beyond the arc and finished with 34 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Chicago isn’t expected to pull this one out, but with the spread at only 9, it might come down to a lucky bounce or two. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 10-2 against the spread when expected to lose.
Their wins bumped the Bulls to 7-8 and the Lakers to 12-4. Zach LaVine will be someone to keep an eye on after he had 25 points and nine assists in addition to six boards on Friday. Let’s see if he can build on that strong performance or if Los Angeles’ defense can bottle him up.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 9 p.m. ET
- Where: United Center — Chicago, Illinois
- TV: NBC Sports Chicago
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Lakers are a big 9-point favorite against the Bulls, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 9-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Los Angeles have won seven out of their last ten games against Chicago.
- Jan 08, 2021 – Los Angeles 117 vs. Chicago 115
- Nov 05, 2019 – Los Angeles 118 vs. Chicago 112
- Mar 12, 2019 – Los Angeles 123 vs. Chicago 107
- Jan 15, 2019 – Los Angeles 107 vs. Chicago 100
- Jan 26, 2018 – Los Angeles 108 vs. Chicago 103
- Nov 21, 2017 – Los Angeles 103 vs. Chicago 94
- Nov 30, 2016 – Los Angeles 96 vs. Chicago 90
- Nov 20, 2016 – Chicago 118 vs. Los Angeles 110
- Feb 21, 2016 – Chicago 126 vs. Los Angeles 115
- Jan 28, 2016 – Chicago 114 vs. Los Angeles 91