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Bulls – Clippers

Bulls Clippers prediction

The LA Clippers will face a must win game in Chicago on Tuesday night, and the bookies are rating the Clips as 6 point spread favorites coming into this clash.

The Bulls (23-43, 15-18 home) have lost 7 of their last 10 games, with the only wins during this stretch coming against fellow struggling teams like the Mavs, the Hawks and the Grizzlies. Chicago is definitely not playing very well right now and they have nothing left to fight for in these last 20 games of the season. They are in tank mode, so they aren`t expected to get much more wins until the end of the campaign.

The LA Clippers (36-29, 16-15 away) are involved in an incredibly tight race for the playoffs in the Western Conference, and right now they are doing a great job of keeping their position strong in that battle. Currently the 7th seed in the West, the Clips are playing good basketball, having won 8 of their last 11 games – the only losses coming against Houston, Golden State, and the red hot Pelicans. LA has a nightmare schedule coming up right after tonight`s game, so a win in Chicago is almost mandatory for them.

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Team news: The Bulls are fully healthy with the exception of Paul Zipser, who is listed as doubtful. The Clippers have the same classic injuries, as Beverley, Gallinari and Bradley are out, but there will be no new absentees.

The next 8 games for the Clippers are all against playoff teams, and their next 4 are against Western Conference rivals Houston, OKC, Portland and Minnesota. Considering this and the crazy tight playoff race in the West, the Clippers simply have to win this against the Bulls tonight. This one is very close to the definition of a must win game.

Fortunately for the Clippers, they have been winning these type of games with incredible regularity since December. The last time they lost against a non playoff teams was before Christmas (!!), so this stat will definitely give them a lot of confidence coming into this clash.

The Clippers are also a very good road team, their 16-15 away record being the 8th best in the entire NBA.

The Clippers are playing very good basketball and they will definitely be much more motivated to win tonight than the tanking Bulls. Considering the amazing consistency of the Clips against inferior opposition, it would really be a shock for them to lose such a must win game against this struggling Chicago Bulls outfit.

Although LA should be able to cover the handicap here, the bet on the straight win seems to good to pass up. Statistically it`s almost a lock considering they haven`t lost against a non playoff team in almost 4 months (!!), and there aren`t other special circumstances to suggest this run could end here – quite on the contrary, looking at how good the Clippers are playing. As such, I see no point in taking the extra risk of betting on the handicap.

Instead, my tip will be the LA Clippers to win this one straight up, with a 10 units stake on odds around 1.40. As long as it won`t be one of those games that defies logic, I reckon this should be a winning bet. Prediction: Chicago Bulls – LA Clippers 102 – 114.

Pick: Clippers
Odds: 1.41 @ 1xBet
Stake: 10
Possible profit: 4.10
Event date: 14 March

About Rostick

Former bookie & water polo player. Rugby Union expert. - EDITOR INFO & STATS
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