Expect Plenty of Points in Bulls-Lakers Standalone Game

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 3:02 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 3:02 PM UTC

We hit on a pair of NBA picks Monday to move our record to 30-16 on the season. Tuesday, there is just one game on the slate, and it’s the Bulls heading to Los Angeles as 6-point underdogs against the Lakers.

Free NBA Pick: Over 210Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers (-6, 210)

Chicago is rebuilding this season and likely beyond, and while the Bulls have some nice young talented players as a team they have really struggled to score the ball. Chicago ranks second to last in the league in offensive efficiency, averaging 98.2 points per 100 possessions. 

However, the Lakers aren’t much better on offense. Despite playing at a lightning-fast pace of 104 possessions per game, the Lakers have barely been able to score more than 100 points per 100 possessions. That doesn’t seem to matter much to the oddsmakers. Right now, the total for this one is 210 points, and if these two teams can’t score against one another that may be too high.

We talk about this being the NBA a lot, and in the Association everyone can score, no matter if they are not doing it as a team. You don’t get to the NBA without being able to play offense, and tonight we might see that between these teams. Despite their struggles offensively, against one another those struggles may go away. The Lakers have been good on defense this season, but their pace could also lead to well over 100 points for both teams.

 

The Sharp Pick

The Lakers have cashed the 'over' in three straight games, and they have also cashed the 'over' in their last five at home. The Bulls, on the other hand, have cashed the 'over' in three of their last four and they are 5-3 cashing the 'over' on the road.

Chicago is allowing more than 109 points per game on the road, and in their last five games they have given up 112.6. The Lakers aren’t that far behind, either, allowing 107.4 over their last five and 108 per game at home.

If both teams are playing fast and hitting shots against one another, the 'over' is a bargain tonight.

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