Check out our free Bulls vs Wizards pick and preview for this NBA game in Washington. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Bulls vs Wizards NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards
- Where: Washington at Capital One Arena
- Date: Wednesday, January 11th
- Betting Odds WAS -1, CHI -113 | WAS -108 O/U nan
So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 19-22, while going 22-19-0 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Chicago has an overall record of 2-1, including going 3-0 against the spread.
Chicago will be gunning to get in the win column vs the Wizards, as they previously lost to the Celtics by a score of 107-99. However, because they entered as 8 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Chicago was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Celtics by 8 going into halftime. In the loss, Zach LaVine led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 41.7%.
The Wizards come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 17-24. So far, the team has gone 17-23-1 against the spread. Washington will take the court having lost 3 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -15.67 points per game.
In their previous game, the Wizards were favored to win vs the Pelicans. However, their 132-112 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Washington struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 12 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Kristaps Porzingis, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Bulls averaged 119.0 points per game vs Washington, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Bulls saw a boost in scoring, the Wizards averaged 111.67 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Chicago. This figure was similar to season-long average. In terms of betting, Chicago has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Washington. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +5 points per game in favor of the Bulls. Over the course of these games, they averaged 223 points per game, leading a 2-3 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Chicago is averaging 114.7 points per contest. This figure places them 12th in the league. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bulls are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100.2 per contest. Even though they have preferred to slow the game down, the Chicago offense is the 19th ranked team in made field goals per game.
Currently, the Bulls defense is ranked 17th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.0 points per game vs the unit.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of DeMar DeRozan, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as DeRozan leads the team in scoring at 26.1 points per game while LaVine is 2nd at 23.4. For the season, DeRozan is 26th in the NBA in usage rate and 37th in player efficiency. Behind him, LaVine has taken 20.5% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 46.7%.
For the season, the Wizards offensive unit is ranked just 19th in scoring at 112.1 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.8 made 3’s per game. If the Washington offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 13.6 turnovers per game.
On defense, the Wizards will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 16th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Kristaps Porzingis who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 22.0 points per game. At the time of this article, Porzingis is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 3rd on the team in usage rate and is 38th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Washington benefit from having both of their top scorers as Kyle Kuzma leads the team and is 38th in the league in scoring (21.3). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 15th in points allowed to power-fowards.
Bulls vs Wizards Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Wizards -1
- Free Total Prediction: Over nan