The Chicago Bulls will be at the Staples Center again on Sunday, just two days after taking on the Los Angeles Lakers. This time the Bulls will be dealing with Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers. Let’s break down the Chicago Bulls at LA Clippers betting preview.
The Chicago Bulls enter this game with a record of 4-6, but the team has actually started to show signs of improvement. Chicago still has an extremely young roster, and new head coach Billy Donovan has been getting the most from this team.
The LA Clippers are 6-4 to begin the season, but they have let a few games get away already. LA is led by a pair of All-Star forwards, but the Clippers still have some work to do before they are the best team in the West.
Chicago is an 11-point underdog on Sunday afternoon against the LA Clippers.
Chicago Bulls at LA Clippers Betting Preview: Chicago Must Defend
If the Chicago Bulls are going to start winning some basketball games then they must find a way to get stops on defense. Young teams tend to struggle on the defensive end of the floor, and that has been the case for the Bulls.
Chicago is allowing over 120 points per game, and they have been particularly bad at protecting the rim. The LA Clippers will attack the Bulls form the three-point line, and the Bulls could use their length and athleticism to get some stops.
Zach LaVine continues to carry the Bulls on the offensive end of the floor, but he has gotten help from some youngsters this season. LaVine leads the team with 26 points per game, and he will be the one taking all of the big shots for this team.
Point guard Coby White has chipped in with more than 18 points per game and rookie Patrick Williams has been playing great as well. The Bulls are a top-five scoring team in the NBA, but their offense can’t make up for the defense.
Chicago Bulls at LA Clippers Betting Preview: Clippers Looking For Offense
The LA Clippers are the exact opposite of the Bulls as this team is looking for more offense going forward. LA averages just 110 points per game, and that’s simply not good enough, especially with the talent that is on that roster.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have combined for over 47 points per game this season, but they haven’t got a ton of help. These two players will need to carry the load for the LA Clippers against a young Bulls team that struggles to defend.
Center Serge Ibaka anchors a Clippers defense that is tough to score on, especially inside of the paint. LA did get torched by Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in their previous game, and the Bulls can put some pressure on that perimeter defense.
Chicago Bulls at LA Clippers Betting Preview: Bulls Continue to Battle
While most of Chicago will be watching the Bears take on the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs, this game might be worth checking out. The Bulls are not a great basketball team yet, but this is a team that continues to play hard.
Chicago nearly upset the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, and they should give the LA Clippers all they can handle on Sunday. The Bulls can really score, and that trait will keep them in almost every game this season.
The LA Clippers know that this is a game that they have to win, and they will come up with enough plays late to get the victory. Don’t expect a blowout in this game, but Kawhi Leonard is not letting his team lose to the Bulls.
Take the 11-points and bet on the Bulls, but it will be the LA Clippers that come away with the win on Sunday afternoon.