Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
Following an impressive win over Detroit on Tuesday, Washington Wizards will look to keep their streak going as they play host to the struggling Chicago Bulls, who will enter this bout after a devastating loss to Oklahoma City Thunder.
Washington Wizards end their losing streak
As it stands now, Washington Wizards are 8-17 on the year and 1-4 in their last five, which is not a promising record to hold, yet there is a sense of optimism in Wizards’ camp, seeing how they just recently bested Detroit Pistons (133:119) at Little Caesars Arena. Prior to their strong performance against PIstons, however, Washington lost to Memphis Grizzlies (111:128), Charlotte Hornets (107:114), Los Angeles Clippers (119:135) and Miami Heat (103:112).
Looking back at their clash with Detroit Pistons, it was a fairly open fixture with plenty of points, yet it was Washington Wizards who started off strong and claimed an impressive 12-point lead by the end of the first quarter (43:31), which set them up nicely to finish on top. The second quarter saw a shift with Pistons reducing the lead to six points and further down to five in the third quarter (30:29), meaning the teams entered the fourth and last quarter with the scoreboard showing 91:96. Despite the solid performance from Pistons in the second and third quarter, they fell flat in the fourth, where Washington ran away with a dominant offense (77 FG%) which earned them a commanding 133:119 win.
Bradley Beal was the top scorer of the night with 35 points, to which he added three rebounds and 10 assists. Isaiah Thomas scored 23 and added one rebound and six dimes to his performance, while Derrick Rose and Marcus Morris ended as the third-best scorers. Both contributed 22 points, with Rose adding six rebounds and eight assists, while Morris added five rebounds and three assists for Pistons.
Chicago Bulls woes continue
Chicago Bulls are entering this bout with an underwhelming 10-19 record on the year and 2-3 in their last five. As far as their last five fixtures are concerned, Bulls lost to Toronto Raptors (92:93), defeated Atlanta Hawks (136:102), lost to Charlotte Hornets (73:83), defeated LA Clippers (109:106) and lost their most recent bout with Oklahoma City Thunder (106:109).
In regards to their clash with Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls got off to a flying start and secured a breathtaking 21-point lead by the end of the first quarter (37:16), but were unable to keep ahold of it, as they went down by two in the second quarter (31:33) and further by 11 in the third (22:33), meaning they were entering the last quarter with only eight-point lead (90:82). While Bulls were set for a strong finish, the momentum was on Thunder’s side who ran Bulls over, closed the gap and went on to secure a close, but well deserved 109:106 win.
Zach LaVine was once again the top scorer of the night with 39 points, two rebounds and three assists. Chris Paul ended the match with a double-double, which he earned with 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight dimes, while Danilo Gallinari ended the match with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists, which made him the third-best scorer of the night.
Verdict & Prediction
Washington Wizards will enter this bout without John Wall, CJ Miles, Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant, while they have Moritz Wagner as questionable. Bulls on the other side will miss Cristiano Felicio, Otto Porter and Chandler Hutchison. A list of questionable players is long, yet we can expect most of them to play anyway.
Based on what we have seen in recent weeks, Bulls are a hot mess and considering how they lost to Thunder last night, we don’t have much hope they will improve this time around. Seeing how they lead by upwards to 26 points, but still managed to loose still baffles us, however, we have found a trend with Bulls, who tend to underperform severely in their fourth quarters more times than not. We are confident saying that most of their poor results are due to poor coaching, as seen in their questionable rotations and schemes.
With Scott Brooks as their head coach, Wizards are not really one of the best-coached teams in the league, but they surely have a huge advantage over Bulls in terms of coaching quality. It’s also worth noting WIzards have some serious issues with their frontcourt depth, which won’t do them any good going forward this season. That being said, we don’t believe are Bulls are one of the teams who will be able to take advantage of that.
All things considered, we like the hosts more due to a few obvious reasons. While Bulls have had their moments of greatness throughout the season, their morale is at an all-time low after a devastating defeat last night and that is just another checkmark on our list why the hosts should come out ahead here.
Prediction: Washington Wizards to win
Odds: 1.96 Pinnacle