National Basketball Association
Chicago at L.A. Lakers
When: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

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.

Ball had 11 points, a career-best 16 rebounds and 11 assists in Sunday's 127-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets while fully impressing coach Luke Walton. "It's what we've been saying the whole time, even when he's not scoring the ball, he has rebounds, assists and steals," Walton told reporters. "Sixteen is a lot, (but) I'm not totally shocked by it. He's really good down there on the glass." 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.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, WGN (Chicago), Spectrum Sports Net (Los Angeles)

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. "I do like a lot of the spots that Lauri is getting the ball on the floor," Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters. "But when he's got it rolling like that (against Phoenix), we've got to make it a point to find him."

Power forward Julius 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. "I'm trying to figure that out," Walton said. "Because when he plays like he did (Sunday), he's as good as anyone in this league."


1. The teams split two meetings last season with Randle collecting 20 rebounds (to match a career high) in the Lakers' victory.

2. Chicago SG Zach LaVine (knee) is expected to start practicing this week and is on target to make his club debut in December.

3. Los Angeles C Brook Lopez is averaging 20 points on 17-of-27 shooting over the past two games.

PREDICTION: Lakers 109, Bulls 106
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Chicago 3-11 L1 2-4 1-7 0-0 3-11 0-2 3-5
L.A. Lakers 7-10 W1 5-5 2-5 0-0 7-10 2-2 4-5
Last Meeting
Chicago L.A. Lakers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/30/16 LAL 96 CHI 90 90 46 35.2 96 60 40.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Chicago J. Butler 22 22.2 13
L.A. Lakers J. Clarkson 18 50.0 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Chicago T. Gibson 10 1 9
L.A. Lakers J. Randle 20 9 11
Assists Player  
Chicago R. Rondo 6
L.A. Lakers L. Williams 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Chicago J. Holiday 232 37.0 28
L.A. Lakers K. Kuzma 299 52.0 37
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Chicago L. Markkanen 112 14 98
L.A. Lakers L. Ball 128 26 102
Assists Player  
Chicago J. Grant 92
L.A. Lakers L. Ball 128
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Chicago Off vs  L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Defense
Chicago Off vs L.A. Lakers - Points For 95.5 Points For
Chicago Off vs L.A. Lakers - Points Against 107.5 Points Against
Chicago - FG% 41.4 FG%
L.A. Lakers - FG% 44.6 FG%
Chicago - Reb 44.5 Reb
L.A. Lakers - Reb 46.2 Reb
L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Off vs  Chicago Chicago Defense
L.A. Lakers Off vs Chicago - Points For 105.6 Points For
L.A. Lakers Off vs Chicago - Points Against 104.9 Points Against
L.A. Lakers - FG% 45.7 FG%
Chicago - FG% 46.4 FG%
L.A. Lakers - Reb 47.5 Reb
Chicago - Reb 45.7 Reb