Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls 2/26/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls 2/26/23
Sun 26th March 2023

The Chicago Bulls (35-38, 15-21 Away), one of the league’s top shooting teams, are on the road to face the Los Angeles Lakers (37-37, 21-17 Home) on Sunday. Chicago outplayed the Portland Trail Blazers 124-96 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter on Friday, their fifth win in a row away from home.

With 33 points and eight assists, Zach LaVine was the key player. The Bulls are 10th in the Eastern Conference. Los Angeles won their third in a row on Friday at Arena, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-111. Anthony Davis had 37 points and 15 rebounds to lead the team.

The Lakers are the 10th seed in the Western Conference. It’s the first meeting of the season between the teams. Chicago won both games between the teams last season, the last of which was a 115-110 triumph at United Center in December 2021.

DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 38 points and six assists. LeBron James had 31 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists in defeat. DeRozan and LaVine, averaging 25.1 and 25.0 points per game, respectively, have led the Bulls in scoring this season. DeRozan also has dished 5.0 assists per game.

Meanwhile, Nikola Vucevic is grabbing 11.3 rebounds per game. Russell Westbrook has supplied much of the Lakers’ offense, averaging 15.9 points per game. Westbrook has also filled the stat sheet with 7.5 assists, ninth-most in the NBA, and 6.2 rebounds per game. The Bulls are one of the NBA’s most accurate field goal shooting teams, ranking fifth at 48.9%.

The teams have split their last 10 meetings at Arena (5-5). Los Angeles is looking for a fourth successive home win this season. Chicago is 6-4 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +3.1 (115.2-112.1).

Los Angeles has a 7-3 record over the last 10, scoring 114.7 points per game on average while holding opponents to 109.2 (+5.5 margin). The Lakers are averaging 116.5 ppg for the full season while allowing 116.6.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Coby White: 22.2 | 14.1 | +8.1
Points per game:
Coby White: 15.0 | 9.1 | +5.9
Rebounds per game:
DeMar DeRozan: 7.5 | 4.7 | +2.8
Assists per game:
Zach LaVine: 6.2 | 4.2 | +2.0


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Austin Reaves: 34.2 | 18.4 | +15.8
Rui Hachimura: 7.8 | 16.5 | -8.7
Points per game:
Malik Beasley: 9.0 | 12.9 | -3.9
Rebounds per game:
Wenyen Gabriel: 8.6 | 4.3 | +4.3

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LA Lakers (-150)

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