In this battle between two teams sitting outside the playoff places of the East, the Chicago Bulls (13-42), are hosting the Washington Wizards (23-32), with both teams coming off single victories that ended their previous small losing streaks and are looking to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 02-09-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Chicago Bulls +1
Chicago Bulls have a 13-42 record (24-30-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Nets with a 125-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Zach LaVine with 23 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and 4.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Lauri Markkanen with 18.3 ppg and 8.4 boards per game.
Washington Wizards have a 23-32 record (24-31 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Magic in the 10th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at home against the Cavaliers with a 119-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by newcomer Bobby Portis with 30 ppg, adding 6 boards per game. He is followed by Bradley Beal with 24.9 ppg, 5.1 boards and 5.2 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Bulls won on the road with a 92-101 score. Bulls have a 5-21 home record, while the Wizards are 6-21 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 113.5 ppg to Bulls’ 102.5, while Bulls are better defensively, allowing 111.2 pgg to Wizards’ 116.4. Wizards have a better field goal percentage (46.8% to 44.9%), while Bulls have a better 3-point percentage (35.5% to 34.6%). Bulls are better in boards grabbed (41.9 to 40.9), while Wizards are better both in dimes made (26.3 to 21.7) and in turnovers committed (13.6 to 14). It is going to be a close game and while Vegas odds give the Wizards a -1 spread, don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the Bulls for the home win in this one.
Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls Prediction: Chicago Bulls +1 (-109)
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