Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards - 4/20/14 Game One
Washington Wizards (44-38) at Chicago Bulls (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -4.5 -- Over/Under: 180.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls will take the hardwood to play game one of the NBA playoffs on Sunday. The Wizards won the season series 2-1.
The Wizards finished the season strong winning six of their last eight games and were picking up confidence with each and every performance. On the season, the Wizards average 100.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allow 99.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting. John Wall has averaged 10.6 assists in his last five games, and the Wizards have won seven of their last nine games when holding their opponent under 100 points. The Washington Wizards have won their last three road games and are 43-38-1 ATS overall and 26-15 ATS on the road.
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The Bulls have won eight of their last 10 games and enter the playoffs as a championship dark horse to many. On the season, the Bulls average 93.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allow 91.8 points on 43 percent shooting. As defense continues to be the Bulls bread and butter, they’ve held 16 of their last 18 opponents to less than 100 points. Offense continues to be a grind from the Bulls, but Mike Dunleavy shot 50 percent from the field in his final five games. The Chicago Bulls are 41-40-1 ATS overall and 21-20 ATS at home.
The Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference. The Wizards are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Chicago, while the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
I like the Wizards to put up a fight in this series, but it will take Washington time to adjust to the bright lights of the playoffs. The Bulls are a veteran team and are at home, while the WIzards are young and taking in their first playoff series in a while.
Take Chicago to cover the small number.