NBA Picks: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls
Friday, 1/24/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Los Angeles -4
Current Betting Line: Los Angeles -3.5
Opening Total: 193.5
Current Total: 192.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Los Angeles has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it looks to bounce back from a 95-91 defeat to the Charlotte Bobcats as six-point road favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in five contests. The Clippers are 11-12 SU on the road this season, including a 5-7 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks. The team will travel approximately 11,275 air miles over a 12-day period during its Grammy road trip. Los Angeles is 5-0 SUATS when playing on Friday, with the OVER going 3-2 in that situation.
The Clippers have two probable starters averaging in double figures, with forward Blake Griffin leading the way at 22.6 points a contest. He is coming off a 27-point performance and is shooting 75.8 percent from the charity stripe since Jan. 1. Los Angeles has a combined 27-39 SU record on road trips of at least six games since 2008-09, including a 2-1 mark on its current trip.
Chicago has won three games in a row, including a 98-87 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers as 4.5-point road underdogs Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total of 186. The Bulls are second in the NBA in allowing just 92.5 points per game, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page. The franchise moved above .500 for the first time in two months with its latest triumph. Chicago is 2-4 SUATS off an upset win as an underdog during the 2013-14 campaign.
The Bulls are 13-8 SU at the United Center, including a 3-2 mark versus Western Conference foes. Chicago will look to avenge a 121-82 setback to Los Angeles in the first meeting of the season on Nov. 24, as it was held to 39.5 percent shooting from the floor, while allowing 58.5. Center Joakim Noah is the main player to watch, as he’s averaging 13.8 points and 14.4 rebounds during a career-best streak of 14 consecutive double-digit rebounding games.
Sports bettors will likely back the Bulls due to their 8-3 ATS mark in their last 11 games.
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