Chicago Bulls (13-22) at Washington Wizards (20-16)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Capitol One Arena)
The Line: Washington Wizards -7 -- Over/Under: 212 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Bulls pay a visit to the Capital One Arena to battle the Washington Wizards on New Year’s Eve.
The Chicago Bulls been playing some of their best basketball of the season as they have won 10 of their past 12 games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after Friday’s 119-107 win over the Pacers. Lauri Markkanen led the way with a career-high 32 points on 11 of 17 shooting, Nikola Mirotic drained eight 3-pointers to finish with 28 points off the bench while Jerian Grant finished with a double-double of 11 points with 12 assists. As a team, the Bulls shot 50 percent from the field and 18 of 39 from the three-point line as they cruised to their seventh straight home win, which lifts them to 13-31 overall and 9-8 at home.
Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards have won six of their past nine games and they will be feeling pretty good following Friday’s 121-103 blowout of the Rockets. Otto Porter Jr drained seven 3-pointers to lead the team with 26 points and seven assists, Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr each scored 21 poitns while John Wall chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Wizards shot 53 percent from the field and 18 of 36 from the three-point line and they deserve credit for their defense as they were able to hold the Rockets to just 29 percent shooting from the three-point line. In fact, the Rockets’ starting lineup was held to just 46 points on 34 percent shooting. With the win, Washington improved to 20-16 overall and 11-6 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Meanwhile, the Wizards are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the under is 21-8-1 in the last 30 meetings in Washington, the road team is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings and the underdog is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
The Wizards will be high on confidence after blowing past the Rockets on Friday, but their last two losses came against the Nets and the Hawks so they’re guilty of playing down to their competition. I like the Wizards to get the win at home, but I still don’t think the bookies are giving the Bulls enough credit for how well they’ve been playing lately, so I’m sticking with the Bulls and the handful of points.