The Chicago Bulls (27-33) are set to face off against the Washington Wizards (28-31) at United Center on Sunday at 3:30 PM ET. The two teams have had different outcomes in their first games following the All-Star break, with the Bulls recording a massive win over the Nets and the Wizards falling to the Knicks. Below, we take a closer look at the game and provide our professional NBA selections and predictions for bettors to consider.
Both teams have injury concerns heading into the game. Kristaps Porzingis is out for the Wizards due to a knee injury. Meanwhile, the Bulls have several players out due to injury, including Lonzo Ball, Javonte Green, and Goran Dragic, all due to knee injuries.
We predict the Bulls will come out on top with a final score of 126-123. Despite both teams struggling this season, even though the Wizards have the edge with their defense, limiting their opponents to a field goal percentage of just 46.5%, which ranks fifth best in the league. They also restrict opponents to only 11.7 made threes per game, which ranks ninth best.
That said, the Bulls will be coming out charging today and should make it just over the line.
The Wizards are the underdogs in this matchup, but we think they have a good chance of winning. They have a solid defense and have performed well against under .500 teams. As a result, we recommend betting on the Bulls with a moneyline of +115.
Against The Spread:
The Wizards have covered the spread in seven out of their last eight games against under .500 opponents. Meanwhile, the Bulls have failed to cover in their previous four games on one day of rest. So for those who are not confident in betting on the Wizards, we suggest splitting your bet between the moneyline and the spread. The Wizards have a spread of +4.5 (-115).
The Wizards struggle to score with little rest, while the Bulls have difficulty covering with just one day of rest. In their last eight games with one day of rest, the Wizards have only hit the over once. Therefore, we predict that the total score for the game will be UNDER 225.5 (-105).
Overall, we predict that the Chicago Bulls will come out on top in this game. We think they have a good chance of winning. Therefore, we recommend betting on the Bulls. The total score for the game is predicted to be UNDER 225.5 (-105).
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