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Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/28/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Bulls (9-26) at Washington Wizards (13-22)
Date & Time Friday December 28, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Washington Wizards -5.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5
TV Channel
WGN, NSWA
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NBA | Chicago Bulls (9-26) at Washington Wizards (13-22)
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The Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards meet Friday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena.

The Chicago Bulls could use a victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 100.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.9 points and 4.7 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. Jabari Parker is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost six of their last eight road games.

The Washington Wizards could also use a victory after losing seven of their last nine games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 112.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 117.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.5 points and 4.8 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have won six of their last seven home games.

The Bulls are 11-23 ATS in their last 34 road games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 21-7 ATS in their last 28 vs. NBA Southeast. The Wizards are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 6-20 ATS in their last 26 Friday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Washington and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 19-8-1 in Bulls last 28 overall. The over is 7-1 in Wizards last 8 home games.

Both of these teams are god awful, and the Wizards are one of the more dissapointing teams in the league. I usually like to take free points in games like this. The problem is the Bulls are being otuscored by 9.8 points on the road, while the Wizards have played their best ball at home, which includes wins in six of their last seven and outscoring teams by 3.1 points on the season. The Wizards have also won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Bulls. So, laying the reasonable chalk with the Wizards at home feels like the play here, even though Washington has been a joke for much of the year.

Pick:
Washington Wizards -5.5

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