WE’RE at 3-1 for the week with our NBA tips and with one game on the card we look to make some easy money.
Here’s our best bet for today’s game:
Chicago Bulls @ LA Lakers
It’s worth noting that while neither of these teams will be remotely close to finishing in the playoff picture this year there is still a lot to like on betting these games.
The Bulls have made steady improvements in recent weeks – the re-introduction of Bobby Portis has added help on both sides of the ball, while the faster than expected development of Lauri Markkanen is giving Chicago fans reason to smile.
Meanwhile, over in LA, the young Lakers are putting in impressive showings – consistency will remain their biggest challenge but confidence will be sky-high after a demolition of Denver on their home court last time out.
While it’s easy to look at Chicago’s average of 95.5 points per game and presume this team struggles for buckets the reality is they are making genuine strides in putting up points. In their last four games that average has climbed to 100.25 points per game, and that number is dragged down significantly by the fact they were restricted to 79 points by the second best defence in the league.
Defensively, they are still struggling to get stops and they have struggled all season with teams that push the tempo. The Lakers very much fit that mould.
Luke Walton’s team currently average 105.6 points per game, but at home they do score at a higher notch averaging 116 points per game in their last five at Staples Centre.
We’re projecting a very up-tempo style being played here and with four of the last five meetings between the side having gone Over the points total we’re leaning heavily on that trend continuing.
Tip: Over 210.5 @ $1.92 (Sportsbet)
One man who has forced his way back into some big minutes for the Lakers is big man Julius Randle.
The former Kentucky star fell out of favour with coaching staff early in the season but after putting up big numbers in limited minutes he’s earned his way back into the rotation.
His activity on the boards makes him a real nuisance for opponents and for that reason we love the rebound total on offer.
Randle has averaged 8.1 rebounds in his last seven appearances and with the total set at 6.5 we love what we’re getting for the 22-year-old.
In fact, in his last eight appearance Randle has only fallen under 6.5 rebound once – and that came in a 16 minute cameo against the Suns.
Minutes are key here and so we won’t stake big given Walton’s strange reluctance to give him big minutes, but if he plays anywhere upward of 20 minutes this is a lock.
Tip: Julius Randle o/6.5 rebounds @ $1.80 (Crownbet) (0.5 units)