Chicago Bulls (19-35) Washington Wizards (18-33)
NBA: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7:00 PM (Capital One Arena)
ML: Bulls +145, Wizards -170, Over/Under 230.5 (MyBookie)
Odds: Wizards -3.5 (MyBookie)
The Chicago Bulls couldn’t keep up with the 76ers on Sunday, losing the game 111-118. Zach LaVine was almost able to earn himself a double-double on the night, but just barely missed out on it after earning 32 points and 8 assists. Thaddeus Young did end up earning a double-double on the night though with 10 points and rebounds. Even thought the Bulls lost, they were able to earn a solid 8 steals on the night, showing why they lead the league in steals.
The Washington Wizards started the game strong against the Grizzlies on Sunday but couldn’t finish the game and ended up losing by a score of 99-106. Rui Hachimura continues to build on a solid rookie campaign, earning a double-double on the night with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Bradley Beal did what he normally does every night and earned 26 points. Despite Beal’s efforts, you can’t win games if only 4 players on your team score more than 6 points.
The Bulls are a terrible team. There is no way to say it nicely. The Bulls are 26th in points per game, 25th in field goal percentage, 24th in three pointer percentage, 29th in rebounds per game, 23rd in assists per game, 24th in turnovers per game, and 28th in blocks per game. However, I will give credit where it is due and say it’s impressive how they lead the league in steals per game. Now if only they were able to find the same amount of success in other areas instead of just one.
When you look at how the Wizards are statistically, they should be at least a team that has at least a .500 win percentage. Yet the wizards keep managing to find ways to lose games. The wizards even perform well, ranking 5th in points per game, 14th in field goal percentage, 10th in three-pointer percentage, 10th in assists per game, 9th in turnovers per game, and 15th in steals per game. The only categories that stick out as bad for the wizards are ranking 27th in rebounds per game and 23rd in blocks per game. It’s astonishing how a team could be so solid, but still manage to be outscored by an average of 5 points.
Chicago are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago’s last 7 games.
Chicago are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington’s last 9 games.
Washington are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games at home.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Eastern conference.
I can’t see the Bulls coming out of this game with a win, but I also can’t see the wizards not messing up a lead in the fourth quarter and end up losing. To put things simply, this game is a coin flip. However, the edge goes to the Wizards for two reasons. The Bulls are terrible on the road and Bradley Beal exists. Expect the game to be a blowout for the Wizards for 3 quarters and then almost blow their lead in the fourth. There may even be overtime.