Sports betting players will be treated to a matchup of offense against defense on Thursday night when the Los Angeles Lakers will host the Chicago Bulls in the final game of TNT’s televised triple-header. Can the Bulls slow down Kobe Bryant and company?
Bulls vs Lakers odds – Thursday, November 19, 10:30 PM ET
The Bulls have won two in a row, although that probably won’t be enough to make them NBA betting favorites on the West Coast. They’re having some troubles scoring with only one 100-point game so far this year, but their defense is stellar as the Bulls are sixth in points allowed. The Bulls were hurt by an early-season injury to Derrick Rose, who is the key to their NBA betting odds, but John Salmons and Taj Gibson have been coming on as of late as well. Rose averaged 25.0 points in two games against the Lakers last year.
Bryant answered any questions about a groin problem with a 40-point performance in the Lakers’ 106-93 win over Detroit. This will be the third of four straight home games for the Lakers, who recently found that they’ll be without Luke Walton for at least six weeks with a pinched nerve. Still, the Lakers have enough parts to make up for him, and Ron Artest is getting more used to the triangle offense, so look for his production to go up. Bryant averaged 24.5 points in two games against the Bulls, while the injured Pau Gasol actually led the way with 28.5 points.
Sportsbook odds should have the Lakers as an NBA betting favorite in this contest, and they’ve won six of their last seven against the Bulls. Last year’s games were both high-scoring affairs, but the Bulls may want to avoid that approach this time out or it will be a blowout. They’ll need a big game from Rose and Salmons, who will be closely watched by Artest. Andrew Bynum also only played in one of the two games against the Bulls last year, and he is averaging 20.3 points and 11.8 boards this year, and he should be a major factor here.
Internet betting pick: Los Angeles Lakers
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