Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/27/14
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: 183 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls look to even the series against the Washington Wizards in Game 4 on Sunday.
Head to head, the Bulls are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings and 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Washington while the road team is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings and the underdog is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The Wizards are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulls on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, but just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
While Game 3 went pretty much how I expected (apart from Mike Dunleavey going off for a playoff career-high 35 points), I'm a little less certain about today's clash. And I have every right to be considering the last two games of this entertaining series has been decided by a total of five points.
So can the Bulls take both games in the nations capital and even the series heading back to the windy city? Sure, why not? While it's pretty unlikely that they are going to get another 35 big ones from Dunleavey again, but Joakim Noah was quiet from a scoring point of view in Game 3 and Augustin while finishing with 13 points off the bench, needed 15 shots to get them.
How did the Washington Wizards drop Friday's nights despite getting a combined 48 points from John Wall and Bradley Beal? Well, they got nothing from their second unit as their bench was outscored 8-26 (Augustin and Gibson 13 apiece). Of course, they did all lose Nene early after an altercation with Chicago's Jimmy Butler. He surely would of helped down the stretch.
While I'm not really sure who wins this one, I do think it will be another tight tussle, which isn't really a bold statement after what happened in Games 2 and 3. It's not a heap, but I'm taking the points and running. Plus, I just trust the Bulls a little more than the Wizards...
Dan’s Pick: Chicago +2.5
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