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by Tom Wilkinson

Bulls at Clippers ATS Picks

The Los Angeles Clippers are favored at home on Friday night, as they host the Chicago Bulls in a game that can be seen on NBA TV. The Bulls come into this game having lost three straight but they are optimistic that Zach LaVine will return to the lineup after missing the last two games.

On the other side, the Clippers are battling with San Antonio and Utah for the 6th spot in the Western Conference. Let’s look at Friday’s game and NBA picks.

Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Clippers
Date and Time: Friday, March 15, 2019, 10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
NBA Odds at BetDSI: Clippers -9, O/U 228.5
Bulls at Clippers TV Coverage: NBA TV

The Bulls have not played well in their last three games, but part of the problem was that LaVine missed two of the three games. Chicago head coach Jim Boylen said that there is a good chance LaVine will play on Friday. LaVine went through a full practice on Wednesday, while Otto Porter Jr. didn’t practice due to a knee contusion. "We thought he was going to be limited and he felt good and got through the whole practice," Boylen said to the media about LaVine. "And we had contact today. Spent a lot of time on the defensive end of the floor, kind of filling our buckets there."

Boylen is also optimistic that Porter Jr. will play. "We'll see how Otto does tomorrow. But we're hoping to have both those guys for the start of the trip and see how it goes."

The Bulls are a much different team with LaVine in the lineup. He is averaging 23.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Some people would prefer that the Bulls just shut down LaVine for the season since he is such an important player but that does not appear to be happening.

Boylen said he was not happy with his team’s performance in the last couple of games. "I talk about it. I told them this morning I'm not happy with our defense and our edge," Boylen said on Wednesday to the media, "You can't exhale in this league. We had a big home win against Philadelphia and then we've had some 20-point leads and I think we exhale sometimes. You can't do that.”

Chicago is 17-16-1 ATS on the road, with 17 games going over, 16 going under, with one push. They are averaging 105 points per game and giving up about 113 per contest.

The Clippers had their five-game winning streak come to an end with a thud on Tuesday at home, as they were blown out by Portland. The Clippers were without Danilo Gallinari and they missed his presence. It was the second game of a back-to-back and Gallinari was rested. He will be in the lineup on Friday night.

The Clippers are 19-14 ATS at home, with 20 games going over, 12 going under, with one push. They are averaging just over 114 points per game and giving up about 113 per contest.

Key Stats

The Clippers have dominated this series, winning 8 of the last 10 meetings, including the last six. It has also been a low scoring series, with eight of the last ten going under. The Clippers have won five of the last six at home in this series, with three of the last four going under.

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The Bulls had been playing pretty well until LaVine got hurt, but he is expected back on Friday night. There is no question that with LaVine and Porter both in the lineup that the Bulls can be competitive. The Clippers are coming off a bad loss to the Trail Blazers and you would expect them to bounce back, but I don’t think it will be easy.

I will take the points with the Bulls. I know the series trends point to a low scoring game, but the Clippers have been a good team to bet over the total at home. I will also play the over at BetDSI.

Bulls at Clippers ATS Pick: Bulls +9 and Over 228.5
Bulls at Clippers Score Prediction: Clippers 118, Bulls 114

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