Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Clippers Preview, Prediction, Picks & Odds -- 11/14/2021

by Chuck Sommers

Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Where to watch: Bally Sports Southern California, NBC Sports Chicago

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks


DraftKings: Bulls -4
BetMGM: Bulls -3.5
Caesars: Bulls -4

Season record
Bulls: 8-4
Clippers: 8-4

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Bulls - Clippers preview and analysis


Recent form
Bulls: lost three of five; lost 119-93 at Warriors on Friday
Clippers: won seven straight; won 129-102 vs. Timberwolves on Saturday

Early reports of the Los Angeles Clippers’ demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Much like the Phoenix Suns, a long winning streak can ease the apprehension from a fanbase. But the Clippers get a rare home back-to-back and will try to push the streak to eight when they face the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center on Sunday.

The Clippers have looked the part over the last week and a half since their 1-4 start that was highlighted by a 13-point loss to the surging Cleveland Cavaliers. But things have gotten back to normal, primarily thanks to Paul George.

L.A. is coming off a 27-point victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday with George leading the way with 23 points and nine rebounds in only 26 minutes.

George has scored 20 points or more in every game during this winning streak while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 37 percent from deep.

"It was an all-around team win," Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said, citing the Clippers' 35 assists. "Everybody did their part."

The Clippers could not miss on Saturday, making 53.5 percent of their shots and outrebounding Minnesota 58-40. Reggie Jackson pitched in with 21 points and Terrence Mann had 16 off the bench. The L.A. defense did its part by holding Karl-Anthony Towns to just 3 of 11 shooting and held the Timberwolves to under 40 percent shooting.

"We're fronting him on the post and coming with the low man," Lue said about slowing down Towns. "We just try to switch everything so he can't get shots off. We just want to slow him down."

The Clippers have continued to put this production together without Kawhi Leonard, which bodes well for the future of this season. And another solid effort against a very good Bulls team should heighten that confidence.

But the Bulls are coming into this game likely not in the best of moods and humbled for the first time this season, a 26-point loss Friday night against the Golden State Warriors that saw Steph Curry erupt for 40 points two games after he hit 50 on Monday.

Outside of getting served by the chef and early-season MVP favorite, the Bulls had their first sound loss of the season against the contending Warriors. Zach LaVine had another strong offensive game by scoring 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting, but DeMar DeRozan’s 18 points (on 4 of 13 shooting) was the only other strong offensive outing the Bulls got against their opponent from the Bay Area. 

Chicago made only 8 of 27 attempts from 3-point range.

"It's really our first adversity and that's where adversity builds a lot of character," DeRozan said.

The Bulls are also going to be without starting center Nikola Vucevic for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.

Prediction


Normally I’d say the back-to-back would spell doom in these certain matchups, but the NBA season has that weird effect on people. The Clippers have been rolling at the right time, and the Bulls may need a tad more of a humbling experience to understand what it’s like to lose this way before believing their winning ways are legit. George has another big game and the Clippers keep the good times rolling. Clippers by13

Betting trends


The Bulls are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 Sunday games.

The Bulls are 5-1 ATS this season following an under.

The Clippers are 104-46 straight up over the past three seasons as a favorite.

Projected starting lineup


Bulls:
PG: Lonzo Ball
SG: Zach LaVine
SF:
JaVonte Green
PF:
DeMar DeRozan
C:
Tony Bradley

Clippers:
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Eric Bledsoe
SF:
Paul George
PF:
Nicolas Batum
C:
Ivica Zubac

Key injuries


Bulls: C Nikola Vucevic (COVID, out)

Clippers: PF Marcus Morris Sr. (knee, out)

Statistical leaders


Bulls:
Points: Zach LaVine -- 25.7
Rebounds: Nikola Vucevic -- 10.9
Assists: Lonzo Ball -- 4.4

Clippers:
Points: Paul George -- 26.4
Rebounds: Paul George -- 7.9
Assists: Paul George -- 5.3

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Chuck Sommers

About the Author:

Chuck Sommers has camped outside of sportsbooks since he can remember, learning the tricks and nuances of the trade. He still has nightmares of betting $5,000 on the Raiders in the Tuck Rule game but has since turned that to 25 years of veteran handicapping greatness. You can find him mostly in the shadows at the Red Rock or Aliante casinos wondering if the over is cashing on any given Sunday.

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