Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/27/14 Game Four
Chicago Bulls (48-34) at Washington Wizards (44-38)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -2.5 -- Over/Under: 182 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards will play game four on Sunday afternoon. The Wizards lead the series 2-1.
In the 100-97 game three win on Friday, the Bulls shot 47.9 percent from the field and drained 12 threes. Mike Dunleavy carried the Bulls with the game of his life, as he made eight of those threes and scored 35 points in the win. With the victory, the Bulls improve to 10-2 SU in their last 12 games when holding their opponent under 100 points. However, even with the fluky offensive performance, the Bulls are shooting just 44.4 percent from the field in their last five games. Joakim Noah was held to just six points in the victory despite playing 41 minutes. The Chicago Bulls are 42-42-1 ATS overall and 21-20-1 ATS on the road.
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Make sure to check the status of Washington’s Nene Hilario, who may be suspended for this game after getting into a fight on Friday. The Wizards played well enough to win game three, as all five of their starters scored in the double figures. But the Wizards bench provided just 10 points, which is 22 less than their season average. Also, the Wizards are now 3-7 SU in their last 10 games when failing to score 100 or more points. The Wizards are still shooting 51 percent from the field in their last five games and John Wall has scored 55 points in the first three games. The Washington Wizards are 45-39-1 ATS overall and 17-24-1 ATS at home.
The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wizards are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bulls are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Washington.
Once again, I like the Bulls, especially if Nene can't go. Either way, the Bulls are an experienced team that knows it needs to win game four to have a real chance of winning this series. Defense is king in the playoffs and the Bulls will once again find a way to get the job done.
Give me Chicago and the points.