When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 8:00 pm ET
Where: United Center, Chicago
Watch Live: SPEC, NBCH
The Los Angeles Lakers battle it out against the Chicago Bulls at the Bulls’ home court United Center on Tuesday night.
The Lakers are coming off a tough loss against the Celtics on Saturday. Lebron James led the team in the last game with 30 points on the night, supported by Moritz Wagner who contributed 22 points. Also, Jonathan Williams contributed 18 points coming off the bench.
The Chicago Bulls are coming from a double loss against the Detroit Pistons. Pistons Beat the Bulls by 112-104 on Friday and 131-108 on Saturday.
Zach Lavine scored 24 points in the first game but had to sit down in the second game due to a knee injury. Lauri Markkanen scored 18 and 17 points in the two games along with Otto Porter Jr. scoring 23 and 17 points in the respective games.
Bulls have been going through ups and downs of their own. They have won 6 out of last 11 games in which they came to life in the first six as they won 5 out of 6 games but then followed it by winning just one out of remaining five. They will be trying to avoid a third straight loss on Tuesday against the Lakers. Lauri Markkanen has been performing well with 19.2points per game this year along with 9.2 rebounds per game.
According to the Bull’s Head Coach Jim Boylen, LaVine (Knee Injury) is doubtful for Tuesday’s matchup against the Lakers. It’ll be a tough task for the Bulls to take over against the Lakers if LaVine sits out for the match.
Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers are going through a really rough patch winning just 2 of the last 11 games. Even though we hear Lebron breaking some records, he is in deep danger of missing the playoffs this season. One major reason could be the number amount of injuries that the Lakers are going through.
Brandon Ingram is out for the season which is a big blow for the team. Also, Lonzo ball is already out for the season with ankle injury.
Kyle Kuzma went through practice on Monday and will be a game time decision and so is Lance Stephenson(Toe). Tyson Chandler is also questionable for tuesday’s game due to a neck injury.
It’ll be a tough road game for Lebron and the Lakers while dealing with all these injuries and will have to show exceptional skills to win this one.
Predicted Starting Lineups:
Lakers: Lebron James, Josh Hart, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Reggie Bullock
Bulls: Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr., Robin Lopez, Kris Dunn, Ryan Arcidiacono
Bulls have done decently at home lately and will be eyeing a win against the Lakers who are suffering from a lot of injuries. Despite Lebron James in the squad, Bulls have got better chances here on their home court.
Bulls will win this matchup against the Lakers.