Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/25/14
Chicago Bulls (48-34) at Washington Wizards (44-38)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -3 -- Over/Under: 181.5 See the Latest Odds
The series shifts back to the nations capital as the Washington Wizards host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
Head to head, the Bulls are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Washington while the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Wizards are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, but just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest. The Bulls are 11-27-1 ATS in their last 39 games playing on 2 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
In a shock to just about everyone on the planet, the Washington Wizards come into tonight's pivotal Game 3 with a commanding stranglehold on this series after winning both opening games in Chicago. After pulling away late in Game 1 to record a 102-93 victory, we all thought the Bulls would bounce back in Game 2 on Tuesday night, but that wasn't the case as the Wizards held on for a 101-99 win in overtime thanks to a game-high 26 points from Bradley Beal.
So is this series over? Not by a long shot, because we are still talking about the Washington Wizards here, and more importantly, the Chicago Bulls. Let's not forget that Joakim Noah and company were among the elite teams in the NBA in the second half of the season, which included them taking down the Wizards in Washington 96-78 earlier this month. Plus, the Bulls have actually been pretty good in this series, they just haven't been able to close out both games, which was always going to be a problem for them given their lack of offensive fire power.
If we know one thing, it's that the Chicago Bulls will not give up until this series is completely over, Thibs and Noah just won't let it happen. I haven't been great in the opening week of the playoffs as far as picks are concerned, but I do like Chicago to at least cover with their backs against the wall...
Dan’s Pick: Chicago +3
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