It is obvious that the Chicago Bulls are clearly superior to the Los Angeles Lakers, but this looks like a difficult spot for Chicago to be giving this many points on the road. For starters, the Bulls are coming off of a huge emotional overtime win at Golden State, beating the team with the best record in the NBA while snapping the Warriors’ 19-game home winning streak. That would make this a treacherous letdown spot in any event, but to compound matters it is also the start of a back-to-back with a perceived tougher matchup for the Bulls coming up in Phoenix tomorrow, so Chicago does not figure to run up the score. Meanwhile the Lakers covered the spread in a 98-92 home loss to Washington Tuesday, the same Wizards team that beat these Bulls twice earlier this month. The Bulls are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games vs. teams with losing records.
Pick: Lakers +8½