Bulls versus Lakers Preview
Los Angeles rookie Lonzo Ball has put up a lot of clunkers through his first 17 NBA games but he also has two triple-doubles in the past five games. Ball will look to follow up a strong effort when the Lakers host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. The Bulls versus Lakers will be broadcast at 10:30 pm on NBATV. Play this game as part of Tuesday GoW cross sports contest starting at 10:30pm ET.
Ball had 11 points, a career-best 16 rebounds and 11 assists in Sunday’s 127-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Chicago has its own talented rookie in forward Lauri Markkanen but his early season heroics haven’t prevented the club from getting off to a porous start. The Bulls are a putrid 1-7 on the road after opening a four-game excursion with a 113-105 loss to the lowly Phoenix Suns on Sunday. The teams split two meetings last season with power forward Julius Randle collecting 20 rebounds (to match a career high) in the Lakers’ victory.
ABOUT THE BULLS (3-11)
Markkanen scored a season-best 26 points and also collected 13 rebounds in the loss to Phoenix and has team-best averages of 15.6 points and eight rebounds. The 7-footer is scoring on the inside and also has knocked down 10 3-pointers over the past three games and is developing as the team’s top scorer much sooner than expected.
ABOUT THE LAKERS (7-10)
Randle had a superb outing with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the victory over Denver. Walton dissected the 22-year-old’s fine performance and was wondering what the potion is to make that type of showing into a regular thing. Center Brook Lopez is averaging 20 points on 17-of-27 shooting over the past two games.