Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards
The Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizard close out the regular season on Wednesday night. The Bulls are -8 point favorites over the Wizards with an over/under point total set at 186.
Head to head, the Wizards are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Chicago. The Bulls are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 13-27 ATS in their last 40 home games. The Wizards on the other hand are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games.
I have been fading the Chicago Bulls at home all season long and for good reason as they are just a putrid 13-27 against the spread their this season, which is by far the worst mark of all the playoff teams, however, I’m taking them tonight for two main reasons:
1: With a win tonight, the Bulls will leapfrog the Atlanta Hawks for fifth place (because they own the tie-breaker) in the East and thus setting up a matchup with the fourth-place Brooklyn Nets, a team they managed to beat three of four times in the regular season. If they somehow lose tonight, they will be facing the third-place Indiana Pacers, a team they lost to three of four times this season.
2: While the Wizards were the hottest against the spread team for a while there, it’s pretty apart they have given up on the season. Not only have they lost five straight and six of seven, but check out the players missing for tonight’s game: Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster, Nene and Bradley Beal.
Like I said, Chicago has been an automatic fade at home all season long, but they are finally healthy again and they have a good reason to make sure they win tonight’s game.
Chicago Bulls -8 Washington Wizards