NBA Pick: NBA Playoff Play of the Day Tuesday

LT Profits Sports Group

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:00 AM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014 4:00 AM UTC

Every day during the NBA Playoffs, LT Profits Sports seeks that one single playoff play that has the best chance of cashing. Here is their Playoff Play of the Day Tuesday.

The young team that received hardly any national exposure this season has a chance to close out its NBA Playoffs first round series Tuesday night when those Washington Wizards (47-39, 24-19 away) again pay a visit to the Chicago Bulls (49-37, 27-16 home) for Game 5 from the United Center in Chicago, IL at 8:05 ET in a game televised nationally on TNT, with the upstart Wizards leading the series 3-1.

The point spread at Pinnacle Sports has Washington as a road underdog for this contest with the current line at +4½ with odds of -108.

After taking the first two games of this series here in Chicago but then losing Game 3 at home, the young Wizards finally recorded a win for a home team at one of the most crucial times as they took a 3-1 stranglehold of this series with a 98-89 win on Sunday, and that was with power forward Nene serving his one-game suspension. He will now be back to wreak havoc on the Chicago interior.

The Bulls led the NBA in points against during the regular season at just 91.8 points per game, but the Wizards have been unimpressed while proving to be the more athletic team in this series, and when Washington has built up leads, the weak Chicago offense that finished dead last with 93.7 points per game on the year has predictably not been able to come from behind.

Sure, Chicago stiffened defensively in the fourth quarter of Game 4 to allow the offense a chance to come back, but the Bulls shot themselves in the foot as usual with their 89 points being their lowest output in a series where they have shot 44.3 percent from the field overall. Thus that contest may have been effectively over when the Wizards raced out to a 14-0 lead to begin the game, given the Bulls are not built to play in comeback mode.

The Bulls have also had uncharacteristic trouble defensively dealing with the combination of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza and Nene, and losing to a Nene-less Washington game in rather handy fashion has to be disconcerting. Now some may feel that returning home may help the Bulls and maybe it will, but consider that the Wizards’ 24-19 road record combining regular season and playoffs is actually more impressive than the Bulls’ 27-16 home mark.

The Wizards are the team that most casual fans did not see much of this season before this series because they were almost never on national television, but they have made a statement in this series and this is a team that has a chance to be real good for the next few years provided it can keep its corpse in tact.

Yes, the Bulls tower over the Wizards in playoff experience, but this is a case where ignorance may be bliss as this young Washington club has played very loose throughout this series while not knowing that it is supposed to be nervous, while the experienced Bulls have been the team tightening up at crucial moments.

Will the proud Bulls be able to force a Game 6 while playing at home? That question is debatable, but we do expect Washington to play hard until the very end, making the points worth taking in Game 5 from Chicago on Tuesday.


NBA Pick: Wizards +4½ (-108)

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