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Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/13/14

Washington Wizards (16-19) at Chicago Bulls (17-18)

NBA Basketball: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -4 -- Over/Under: 181.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Washington Wizards head to the United Center on Monday to face off against the Bulls.

The Chicago Bulls are rebuilding like many of the traditional powers in the NBA are this season.  The Bulls currently are sitting just below the .500 mark on the season, with a record of 17-18.  Chicago is known for their stiff defense, and nothing has changed this season, as the Bulls are allowing just 91.6 points per game on the year, ranking them second in the league in scoring defense.  The issue is the offense isn’t helping much on the other end of the floor.  The Bulls currently have the 30th ranked scoring offense in the NBA, putting up just 91.4 per outing.  Rebuilding or not, the Bulls have turned it on as of late, winning five straight and six out of their last seven.

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/13/14

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The Washington Wizards head to Chicago on Monday with a record of 16-19, while going 9-10 on the road this season.  Much better than we are used to seeing from the Wizards for sure, but still this team is a ways off from seriously competing.  The Wizards have dropped two straight heading into Chicago on Monday, with their latest loss coming on Saturday against the Rockets, falling to Houston 114-107 in Washington.  The Wizards, like the Bulls play well defensively, but the offense is sluggish for Washington as well, scoring just 97.8 points per game on average this season.

The Wizards are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games on Monday nights, and the Wizards are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games on the road.  The Wizards are also 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games against the East.

The Bulls are 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, and the Bulls are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games following an outright win.

I’m taking the under in this spot.  We have two very good defenses and two very poor offenses on display here tonight.  The odds makers were already aggressive in setting this number low, but I don’t think its low enough as this should be a tough, physical game, keeping the scoring down.

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Under 181.5

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