Featured Video from Scott Reichel
The Washington Wizards still have an outside chance of making the playoffs, so they will be looking to remain in contention when they travel to Chicago to play the Bulls on Wednesday. The Bulls don’t have much to play for in this one, other than spoiler.
Wizards blitzed by Jazz
The Wizards are 30-41 on the year and this doesn’t sound like a record that would put you in the playoff hunt, but this is the Eastern Conference and that’s kind of the deal. They are currently 4.5 games behind Miami for the 8th and final spot, so it’s highly unlikely that they will catch the Heat, but they have not yet been eliminated. They had a setback Monday. losing to the Utah Jazz by a score of 116-95. The Wizards were held to 42 percent shooting and were outrebounded 41-34. Foul shots kept them in the game as they made 19 of 22 compared to the Jazz who made 4 of 6. Jabari Parker led the Wizards with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. Bradley Beal added 15 points on 4 for 12 shooting. Trevor Ariza added 12 points while former Bull Bobby Portis added 11.
John Wall and Dwight Howard remain out for Washington. Wall is out for the season, but Howard is expected to return to action later this month.
Offensively, the Wizards average 114 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the floor and 34 percent shooting from three. They shoot 77 percent from the foul line and grab 41.7 rebounds per game, which is 27th in the league. The Wizards allow opponents to score 117 points per game, which is 29th in the league. Opponents shoot 47 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three against them. Beal leads the team with 26 points and 5.6 assists per game. He ranks 11th in the league in scoring. Parker averages 15 points and 7 rebounds per game, while Portis averages 14 points and 8 rebounds per game. Also, Ariza averages 14 points per game.
Bulls win battle of cellar dwellers
The Bulls snapped a 5 game losing streak on Monday, beating the Suns in Phoenix 116-101. The Bulls now stand at 20-52, the third worst record in the Eastern Conference and the 4th worst record in the NBA. There’s more interest in where they’ll place in the lottery than anything else. But Monday, they beat one of those teams that are worse than them, the Suns. Robin Lopez led the Bulls with 24 points and 7 rebounds. “My teammates, they were putting me in really advantageous positions,” Lopez said. “It’s always great seeing familiar faces here. I was here for four years, and there are a lot of people I’m still close to.” The Bulls shot 52 percent from the floor and pounded the Suns on the glass, out rebounding them 49-38. Zach LaVine had 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists, while Lauri Markkanen added 17 points and 9 rebounds. Kris Dunn chipped in with 14 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
Robin Lopez is a scary man. pic.twitter.com/JIsSUVBaZV
— Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) March 19, 2019
Otto Porter missed this game with a knee injury and is questionable for Wednesday. Wendell Carter and Chandler Hutchison remain out and won’t return until late March or April.
Offensively, the Bulls average 105 points per game, which is 28th in the NBA. They also shoot 45 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three. They shoot about 79 percent from the foul line and average 42.5 rebounds per game. The Bulls allow opponents to score 113 points per game. Opponents shoot 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from three against them. LaVine leads the team with 23.8 points per game, which ranks 16th in the NBA. Markannen averages 19 points and 9 rebounds per game, while Porter averages 18.4 points per game. Also, Dunn averages 11 points per game and a team-high 6 assists per game.
- Bulls are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bulls are 5-18 ATS in their last 23 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
- Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Bulls are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Bulls are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Wizards are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
- Wizards are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Wizards are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
- Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Wizards are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Wizards are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a double-digit loss at home.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Wizards giving up the points. The Wizards still have something to play for and see an opportunity for a win versus Chicago. Plus, the Bulls are just bad at home. They are actually worse at home than they are on the road, going just 8-27 at home. The Wizards are 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Chicago and the rad team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Prediction: Washington -2
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. The Wizards are a bad defensive team and the Bulls aren’t much better, But the Wizards can score and they’ll be able to put up a big number on Chicago. The over is 4-0 in Wizards last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 6-0 in their last 6 vs. NBA Central. Also, the over is 5-0 in Bulls last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast.