NBA Picks for Bulls vs. Lakers

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, February 9, 2014 3:39 PM GMT

Since the NFL is finally over, the NBA takes center stage for the next few months alongside college basketball, and we finally start to get some matinee NBA action on Sundays. Although the matchups today aren’t as appetizing as the league hoped when they made the schedule, the matchup between the Bulls and Lakers today should be a good game. The NBA Odds have the Bulls as -1 ½ road favorites, with a total of 196. Will the banged up Lakers be able to win as underdogs, or will Chicago grind their way to another victory?

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Tardy NBA Odds due to injury

There are several injuries for both teams, but the ones that matter for this game are still not out in the open. Carlos Boozer aggravated his calf injury in pregame warm-ups and his status for this afternoon’s game is still in question. However if he can’t go, the Bulls have Taj Gibson to fill in. He should do a more than adequate job, especially on the defensive end.

The Lakers are still dealing with injuries to a lot of their wing players, and right now they only have about ten guys healthy. Jodie Meeks and Nick Young will both miss this game along with the other injured stars from the Lakers, and with a short bench, I see Chicago defending their way to a victory.

The Lakers’ offense shouldn’t be too efficient today against a solid Bulls defense, and with Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and Gibson all on the floor together, the Lakers are going to have a hard time scoring the ball. These two teams met a few weeks ago, and even though the Bulls gave up 100 points, they still won the game. The first team to 100 points will likely win this one too.

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The Sharp Pick

Not only did the Bulls win their only meeting with the Lakers this season, but they are 4-1 SU in their last five meetings with the Lakers both home and away. Not only have the Lakers been getting beaten by the Bulls over the last few years, they have been getting beaten by everyone.

The Lakers are 1-7 SU in their last eight home games, and with all of the injuries, the Bulls should smell blood in the Los Angeles water. LA will not be able to matchup with the Bulls size or quickness at the point guard position, or in the post. DJ Augustin is quietly winning his final NBA audition, and with only 40-year old Steve Nash and defensive liability, Kendall Marshall opposite him, Augustin should have another great game for the Bulls.

The Lakers overall have been tanking recently, and their playoff chances are falling far away with the 2nd Kobe Bryant injury and the most recent injury to Pau Gasol. LA is only 5-19 SU in their last 24 games, and if there was a team most in need of the All Star Break, the Lakers might get my nomination.

Look for the Bulls to hold down the Lakers on the defensive end, and even though Chicago struggles to score sometimes, the Lakers are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, and the Bulls are athletic enough to beat them on both ends of the floor for our NBA picks.

NBA Pick: Bulls -1 ½