Two teams with playoff aspirations clash on Thursday night when the Los Angeles Clippers head to Chicago to take on the Bulls. If the regular season were to end today, the Bulls would enter the playoffs the Eastern Conference’s 5-seed. The Clippers would have to battle in the play-in tournament for a spot in the Western Conference Playoffs. Which team gets it done on Thursday night? Keep reading for NBA Betting Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Clippers versus Bulls.
NBA Betting Preview for Clippers at Chicago
NBA Thursday Betting: Clippers versus Bulls
- When: Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 pm ET
- Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
- Spread Odds: Chicago -5 ½
Why bet on the Los Angeles Clippers versus Chicago?
From March 14 through March 25, the Clippers had lost 4 straight. A few of the losses were downright pathetic, like losing 121-92 to Utah on March 18 and 97-122 versus Philadelphia on March 25. But on March 29, LAC turned things around with a 121-115 victory over the Utah Jazz. The victory should spearhead a form reversal for the Clippers. LAC can upset Chicago in this.
Los Angeles Clippers Offensive Averages
- Points/G: 106.7
- FG %: 45.3
- 3PT %: 36.4
- FT %: 78.9
- Rebounds/G: 44.0
Los Angeles Clippers Defensive Averages
- Points/G: 108.3
- FG %: 455.0
- 3PT %: 34.6
- FT %: 78.5
- Rebounds/G: 47.3
Los Angeles Clippers Predicted Starters
- F – Marcus Morris Sr.
- F – Nicolas Batum
- C – Ivica Zubac
- G – Reggie Jackson
- G – Amir Coffey
Why bet on Chicago versus the Los Angeles Clippers?
Like the Clippers, the Bulls weren’t playing their best basketball. But on March 26, Chicago beat Cleveland 98-94. Then on March 29, the Bulls bested Washington 107-94. Chicago is almost at full strength with only Lonzo Ball out due to an injury. Because this happens at the United Center, the Bulls have a real shot at grabbing the win and cover.
Chicago Bulls Offensive Averages
- Points/G: 111.5
- FG %: 48.0
- 3PT %: 37.0
- FT %: 81.2
- Rebounds/G: 42.5
- Points/G: 111.1
- FG %: 46.9
- 3PT %: 36.2
- FT %: 79.3
- Rebounds/G: 43.5
Chicago Bulls Predicted Starters
- F – Zach LaVine
- F – DeMar DeRozan
- C – Nikola Vucevic
- G – Alex Caruso
- G – Ayo Dosunmu
NBA Clippers vs Bulls Betting Trends
- Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog
- LAC is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Over is 4-0 in the Clippers’ last 4 games on a Thursday
- Bulls are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Chicago is 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games
- Under is 7-0 in the Bulls’ last 7 games as a favorite
Los Angeles Clippers vs Chicago Bulls Betting Analysis
On paper, the Chicago Bulls should have no trouble beating the Clippers and covering the spread. But Paul George is back for LAC and even though the Clippers are managing his minutes, PG-13 should have a huge impact.
On March 29 and in his first game back, George scored 34 points, dished 6 assists, grabbed 2 boards, blocked a shot, and had 4 steals. No doubt, PG-13 is one of the best in the NBA.
He could improve off those numbers on Thursday night, but even if he doesn’t, the Bulls haven’t played well against the spread. Chicago bombs ATS, going 1-8 in their last 9, after a day of rest.
George must just be okay for the Clippers to win this ATS. If he’s exceptional, a real possibility, LAC could win this on the moneyline. So also consider backing the Clippers SU.
NBA Pick: Los Angeles Clippers +5 ½