The Chicago Bulls will be hunting for a follow-up win after crushing the Brooklyn Nets when they play host to the Washington Wizards on Sunday. It was Chicago’s first win in the previous six games. Meanwhile, the Wizards are coming off a loss to the Knicks but look good with a 4-2 record in their last six.
Wizards 7-3 ATS on the Road
The Washington Wizards are clinging to the No. 10 seed with a 1.5-game lead over the Bulls. The Wizards are 5-5 in their previous 10 games and could have a winning record if not for a few recent blown leads. The Wizards flew to a 19-point lead against the Knicks on Friday but watched helplessly as their offense fell apart after the first quarter. The defense hung strong but could not keep up with the lack of scoring. It was the 10th time this season that the Wizards lost a double-digit lead.
While I prefer to bet on teams that can close games, the Wizards are talented at covering spreads on the road. Washington has a 33.64% ROI in their previous ten road games and has the 6th best road ATS record in the NBA at 17-14-1. The Wizards are also on a 2-0 ATS winning streak against Chicago.
There is one big issue on Sunday for Washington: their leading scorer, rebounder, and shot-blocker, Kristaps Porzingis, is out with a knee injury. Porzingis scored 19 points in the first quarter of Friday’s loss, and the Wizards will struggle to fill his shoes.
Bulls Snap Losing Streak
The Chicago Bulls snapped a six-game losing streak on Friday with an explosive 131-87 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Patrick Beverley’s debut. The win showcased what the Bulls can do when they play up their talent level. The offense shot 56.8% from the field, and the defense held the Nets to 37% on the other end of the court.
The win also snapped a six-game ATS losing streak after Chicago lost three of six games by 11 or more points. The Bulls have a strong 16-8-2 ATS record following a win and cover 59% of the time against the Eastern Conference.
Goran Dragic has been ruled out with a knee injury, while Javonte Green and Lonzo Ball remain out long-term.
Wizards vs Bulls Game Injuries
Wizards vs Bulls Head-to-Head
The Bulls and Wizards have already played twice this season, with the home teams winning each game. The Wizards won the first meeting 102-100, Kuzma scoring 26 points and Beal adding eight assists. In the second game, the Bulls won 115-11, with LaVine, DeRozan and Vučević scoring at least 25 points apiece.
Wizards vs Bulls Game Information
- Game: Bulls (19-22) vs Wizards (17-24)
- Location: Capital One Arena, Washington
- Day/Time: Wednesday, January 11, 7 p.m. ET
- Bulls vs Wizards Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Wizards vs Bulls Betting Lines
Wizards vs Bulls Picks & Prediction
I will side with the Bulls as home favorites in this matchup. Chicago has a better defense, an offense coming off a 44-point win, and faces a team without their best player. With the momentum the Bulls have coming off such a massive win, expect them to take care of business at home.
The Washington Wizards are listed at +163 in our Vegas NBA lines. If you wager $100 on the Wizards, you can win $163. The Chicago Bulls are -190, offering a chance to win $53 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Wizards a 38.02% chance to win, with the Bulls at 65.53%.
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Wizards vs Bulls Previous Game (Jan. 11, 2023)
The Chicago Bulls (19-22) face the Washington Wizards (17-24) on Wednesday. Each team is coming off a loss.
It seemed like the Bulls were starting to find their rhythm, winning three straight against quality opponents, but then lost to the Boston Celtics 107-99 in the last game. The Wizards suffered their third consecutive loss against the New Orleans Pelicans 132-112.