Bulls as Big Underdogs and Wizards as Slight Favorites In This Weekend's NBA Parlay

Washington Wizards Squad

Troy Haliburton

Saturday, March 24, 2018 5:14 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 5:14 PM UTC

While the basketball world is focusing in on the Elite Eight games to determine the Final Four participants, smart bettors will still take advantage of a few lopsided NBA games that should yield positive outcomes.

Chicago Bulls (37-34-1 ATS) vs Detroit Pistons (33-37-2 ATS)

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Free NBA Pick: Bulls +12.5Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

The Chicago Bulls have already checked out for the season and the Detroit Pistons are not too far behind them. Detroit is on the outside looking in of the Eastern Conference playoff race and with only 10 games remaining on the schedule, they find themselves still six games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for that coveted eighth seed.

At least the Bulls have had the luxury of knowing that their season was over for months now. The Pistons have had to go through the agonizing defeat of still having to put on a face of effort, knowing that their attempts of making the playoffs are futile. These two teams met almost two weeks ago in a game that saw Detroit handle Chicago 99-83. Since that contest, Detroit has welcomed back their starting point guard Reggie Jackson who missed nearly three months of game action with a severely sprained ankle.

Jackson’s return does not really have any bearing on the Pistons winning games, as he is still on a minutes restriction and hasn’t played particularly well in the limited minutes that he’s been on the court. Jackson was a -15 in the Pistons closely contested match up against the Houston Rockets. In that game, Jackson missed his last 11 shots and was rendered ineffective because of the stifling defense of Chris Paul. The Baby Bulls do not have anyone nearly as stout as Paul to slow down Jackson, but they do have a crop of young point guards who are chomping at the bit for opportunities to prove themselves in this league. The prime example of such a player would be Kris Dunn. The former Providence College prospect has somewhat found a home in Chicago this season as a dynamic playmaking point guard who has same defensive tools. Dunn is questionable to play with a toe injury, but if he can’t go, it’ll be Cameron Payne who will get the opportunity to play.

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Denzel and Cam kept the #Bulls in it last night, as the two combined for 37 points on 52% shooting (including 6 threes): pic.twitter.com/7pj4Csjn2a

— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 24, 2018
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This is the kind of match up that will not warrant a lot of viewers outside of the Detroit and Chicago markets, but smart bettors will see an opportunity to jump on the Bulls being favored on the road against one of the worst homecourt teams in the NBA. Detroit is a staggering 15-19-1 ATS at home this season and have not shown any signs of a team that is ready to fill their new downtown arena. Look for Chicago to cover the large 12.5 point spread and maybe even put Detroit out of their misery for the season.

New York Knicks (34-39-0 ATS) vs Washington Wizards (33-38-0 ATS)

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Free NBA Pick: Wizards -4.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

There is no end to the misery in sight for the New York Knicks for the rest of the season. The Knicks are in the midst of a season-high seven game losing streak, and with All-Star Kristaps Porzingis being out for the season, the team has no incentive to try and win games going forward. Washington has beaten the Knicks 13 out of their last 14 meetings, dating back to 2013 and there is no reason that that trend should change on Sunday

The Wizards are coming together as a team on the court, even though there seems to be a growing discontent between players off the court. One of the frustrations of this team has been the lack of ball-movement and whether coincidental or not, the offensive flow has dramatically improved since John Wall was removed from the lineup. Tomas Satoransky has replaced Wall in the starting lineup and has emerged as a more than capable NBA point guard. The Wizards have gone 15-9 over the stretch without their All-Star point guard, even though they are losing some games recently that will certainly haunt them when the final seedings of the Eastern Conference are set.

Washington is currently in the 6th seed, just a few days and a couple losses after being third in the conference. That’s why a win over the Knicks on Sunday is very critical for the team in D.C. Washington will take advantage of a Knicks team that is reeling on the season and use that game as momentum builder to finish the season strong.

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