Chicago Bulls (1-3) at Washington Wizards (0-4)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Wizards -5.5 -- Over/Under: 234.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards meet Thursday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena.
The Chicago Bulls look for a win to rebound from their 1-3 record. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 113.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 121.3 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.8 points and three assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Coby White is the third double-digit scorer and Otto Porter Jr. is grabbing five rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game.
The Washington Wizards need a win to rebound from their 0-4 start to the season. The Washington Wizards are averaging 111.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 119.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 32 points and 4.5 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 19 points and 12.7 assists. Thomas Bryant is the third double-digit scorer and Davis Bertans is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.
The Bulls are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wizards are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The over is 7-3 in Bulls last 10 road games. The under is 5-2 in Wizards last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bulls are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Washington and 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Washington Wizards are a better team than what they've shown up to this point and you have to think the combo of Westbrook and Beal will eventually help them string wins together. However, until it happens, it's hard to lay points with the Wizards, especially when they just lost to these Bulls a couple days ago. I can't back Washington and just assume things will turn around. I can't lay chalk with the Wizards right now. Give me the Bulls and the points.