Bulls vs Clippers Prediction NBA Picks 3/9/24

Los Angeles Clippers (40-21) vs Chicago Bulls (31-32)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 4:00 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Clippers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Bulls travel to the Crypto.com Arena to battle the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a Bulls vs Lakers Prediction.

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have been in fine form as they've won four of their last five games overall and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after sneaking past the Warriors in a 125-122 road win on Thursday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 33 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Nikola Vucevic tallied 33 points with 11 rebounds and five assists while Coby White chipped in with 20 points and seven assists. As a team, the Bulls shot 52 percent from the field and 16 of 36 from the 3-point line as they squandered an early 12-point lead, before they rallied late in the game and closed the final 26.0 seconds on a 7-3 run to escape with the gritty road win. The Bulls will meet the Mavericks after this one.

Los Angeles Clippers

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have been in decent shape as they've won three of their past four games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after sneaking past the Rockets in a 122-116 road win on Wednesday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 28 points and seven assists, Paul George and James Harden each scored 21 points while Terance Mann chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 55 percent from the field and 12 of 29 from the 3-point line as they got off to a terrible start and scored just 19 points in the first quarter to trail by as many as 20 points, before they came alive with 78 points in the second half to pull off the impressive comeback road win.

Chicago Bulls Player Facts

  • Alex Caruso ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.5) this season.
  • Nikola Vucevic ranks 4th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (10.7) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Clippers rank 2nd in the league for three-point percentage this season (38.9%).
  • The Clippers are one of only three teams to record four or more wins when trailing by a margin of 10+ points after Q1 this season.
  • The Bulls rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (14.5).
  • The Bulls rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals attempts per game this season (39.7).

Bulls vs Lakers Prediction

The Bulls are still shorthanded with Patrick Williams and Zach LaVine still out, while the Clippers are keeping eyes on Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and James Harden all listed as questionable. This is definitely a game where you want to check the lineups before tipoff as the Clippers could be severely depleted here, so I'm more comfortable going with the Bulls who are coming into this one fresh off one of their best wins of the season. Sure, the Clippers could have all their key players available, but the Bulls deserve more respect for their recent form, so I'm taking the points in this spot.

 

Peter’s Pick Chicago +7.5

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