Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls 01/15/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls Preview

Two reeling teams meet tonight in the Staples Center as the Los Angeles Lakers (23-21) host the Chicago Bulls (10-33).

The Lakers are coming into tonight’s game having lost their last two, while the Bulls have lost their last seven.

Lakers star forward LeBron James is out again tonight, and while you wouldn’t expect the Lakers wouldn’t need James for this light part of their schedule, they were proven wrong in their last game.

This will be the first game of the inter-conference season series between the Lakers and Bulls. Last time they played was January 26, 2018. Then it was Brandon Ingram’s 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists that led the Lakers to a 108-103 win.

TV Schedule

Date: 01/15/19
Time: 10:30pm ET
Arena: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Channel: NBA TV

Los Angeles Lakers Starting Lineup

PositionStarter
PGLeBron James
SGKentavious Caldwell-Pope
SFDanny Green
PFAnthony Davis
CJaVale McGee

Lakers Analysis

LosAngelesLakersAfter the Lakers appeared on the right track, even without LeBron James as Luke Walton lit a fire under the young Lakers, who won two in a row, they have now dropped their last two – an embarrassing 95-113 loss against the Utah Jazz, and then James had to sit and watch as his former team and the team with the worst record in the league ended their streak against the Lakers.

Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram did everything they could to will a win, and Lonza Ball was right there, but Josh Hart continues to struggle, JaVale McGee is providing little to no offense, and the players they normally count on off the bench, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson and Ivica Zubac disappeared against the Cavs.

The Lakers defense just couldn’t find the answers against Cleveland, who had all five starters finish with double digits in points.

Lakers Quick Links: Lakers Starting Lineup, Lakers Roster, Lakers Depth Chart, Lakers Injuries, Lakers News, Lakers Schedule

Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup

PositionStarter
PGKris Dunn
SGZach LaVine
SFChandler Hutchison
PFLauri Markkanen
CWendell Carter Jr.

Bulls Analysis

Chicago BullsAfter being beaten badly 109-146 at the hands of the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Chicago Bulls tried to end their skid against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night to no avail. The Bulls started off slow and then got on a hot streak in the second quarter, but they couldn’t sustain it against Donovan Mitchell, who scored 33, and the Jazz, who won 1110-106.

No matter how you look at it, the Chicago Bulls are young and inexperienced, starting two rookies and two second-year players alongside Zach LaVine.

Jabari Parker’s return to his hometown team has not gone as well as planned, with interim coach Jim Boylen taking him out of the rotation completely back in mid-December. He finally got some playing time on Saturday, as he finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes, but that could likely be more about showcasing him in order to trade him.

Bulls Quick Links: Bulls Starting Lineup, Bulls Roster, Bulls Depth Chart, Bulls Injuries, Bulls News, Bulls Schedule

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Odds

The Lakers are -7 favorites to win tonight’s game at home and end their losing streak. The over/under is 215 points, and there has been only minimal movement on the moneyline. The Lakers are live at -290 and they opened at -280.

Los Angeles is 14-9 at home and 17-11 as the favorite. Chicago is 5-17 on the road and 9-33 as the underdog.

Odds & Line Movement Links: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls, Vegas Odds (All NBA Games Today)

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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks

Kyle Kuzma ($7.3k) and Zach Lavine ($6.8k) are really in the salary range of both fantasy studs and values for tonight’s game. FanDuel has Kuzma projected for 36.29 points and LaVine for 33.96.

Other options are Brandon Ingram ($6.9k) and Lauri Markkanen ($6.4k).

Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections. 

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