Chicago Bulls versus LA Lakers Christmas Day NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

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Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls will share center stage with Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers in the annual Christmas Day game from NBA pro basketball.

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The betting odds at Oddsmaker offer up the Chicago Bulls as -3 ½ point betting favorites with a total of 186 points.

If you bet on the Bulls on the money line at Oddsmaker your payback is -165 odds.

If you think Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers can beat the Chicago Bulls straight up you can get back +145 odds for your money.

The concern for the LA Lakers heading into play to start a new NBA season is the health of superstar Kobe Bryant.

Bryant tore ligaments in his wrist during the team’s first exhibition game last Monday night against the LA Clippers.

Kobe was forced to sit out the team’s final preseason game on Wednesday against their in town rivals.

The Lakers impact player Bryant was seen at practice on Friday with the team and declared that he will play in the Christmas Day matinee against the Bulls.

LA appears weaker this season as the team dealt Lamar Odom to Dallas and allowed Shannon Brown to leave via free agency.

They have an old and slow backcourt with Derrick Fisher and Steve Blake the one two tandem for LA.

The Lakers will be without center Andrew Bynum as he will serve the first game of a reduced four game suspension.

LA was swept by the eventual NBA champion Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs.

The Chicago Bulls welcome back point guard Derrick Rose from an outstanding 2010-11 season.

He is surrounded by his familiar cast with Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah the impact players on the starting five.

Off the bench for Chicago are Taj Gibson, sharp shooter Kyle Korver and newly acquired Richard Hamilton.

The Bulls have good depth and with their age could vie for best record in this shortened 66 game NBA schedule that will feature back to back to backs and as many as five games in six nights.

The trend between these two clubs show the Bulls covering the point spread in their past three meetings.

Chicago is a good first half bet as Kobe may be looking to dish to teammates early to set up a strong finish.

The Bulls and Lakers will tip off from Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5PM Eastern Time. It will be ABC with the television coverage to a national audience.

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