Bulls Is Our NBA Pick As They Handle Business At Home Over Wizards

Charles Stark

Monday, January 11, 2016 2:20 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 2:20 PM UTC

The Washington Wizards have been dealing with several injuries of late, and tonight they face a Bulls team that is looking to bounce back from their loss in Atlanta. Who will be our NBA pick?

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Free NBA Pick: Bulls -8
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


NBA Odds Overview
NBA odds boards have Chicago as a -7.5 favorite like at Pinnacle Sports -105. For one of my NBA picks, I like for the Bulls to win by double digits and take care of business at home. Washington has been scrappy, but I just don't believe they will hang with Chicago tonight. I think the Washington Wizards would be very happy if every game they had until the All-Star break was against the Orlando Magic, it seems that is the only team they're having much success against recently. They have had a pretty tough schedule the last 10 games playing some of the better teams in the league and tonight it doesn't get easier in Chicago. I think the Bulls will take advantage their chance to add to Washington's troubles.


Washington Wizards
Washington is averaging 100.9 points per game while shooting 45% from the field, and allowing 103.9 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field. Despite their nagging injury issue, specifically Bradley Beal, they have been good against the spread going 7-3 in their last 10 games, and are a total 19-16 against the spread this season. Tonight they are a pretty big underdog for a reason and I think they're going to struggle keeping up with a Chicago team that has been playing good basketball, and is in a really good bounce back position. Offensively, their overall statistics are not too bad, however against the upper part of the league they have struggled to find some consistency putting the ball in the basket. On the season offensively, they are moving the ball decently well averaging 23.5 assists per game which ranks sixth in the league, and they rank in the top five in shooting from beyond the arc at 36.6% per game. For the most part they rank in the upper part of the league in their offensive statistics but tonight they have some tough matchup's against a Chicago team that defends well around the perimeter. Washington doesn't do a lot of damage inside averaging just 38.6 points in the paint per game which ranks 24th in the league, but that won't be the point of contention for them tonight as Chicago has not been that great in defending the interior.


Chicago Bulls
Chicago is averaging 102.2 points per game while shooting 43.5% from the field, and allowing 100.3 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field. We just went against them in their last game in Atlanta in which they really didn't get off to a good start and then just couldn't catch up. They seem however to be finding some pretty good chemistry and for the most part playing well going 7-2 since Christmas. Against the spread they haven't been very good overall nor at home going 15-20, and 9-12 respectively. Still it just gives us more reason to believe they will start heading back towards the mean, and although last game I felt the value was with Atlanta, I really like for Chicago to beat Washington by double digits. Offensively, they're pushing the tempo at 88.1 shots per game which ranks third in the NBA, and they have been solid from beyond the arc averaging 36.5% from distance. They're moving the ball well at 22.5 assists per game and they just seem to have a different scoring dynamic about them this season that is more up-tempo and ball spacing. Defensively, they rank as one of the best in the league despite the fact they allow more field goal attempts per game than any other team in the NBA. Chicago ranks first in opponent effective field-goal percentage, opponent shooting efficiency, opponent overall shooting percentage, and opponent two point shooting percentage. They also are a good defending from beyond the arc, which will be what they will have to do well tonight, at 33.1% per game.

Numbers aside, I simply like how Chicago matches up with Washington, as well as the way this game sets up. Chicago has a different offensive look about them, and it will be the first time that Washington has seen them this season. Expect the Bulls to bounce back from their loss in Atlanta and for one of your NBA picks, I recommend backing them minus the points to handle business at home versus a struggling Wizards team still dealing with injuries.

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