NBA Picks: Wizards vs. Bulls Odds and Preview

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3:59 PM GMT

With the Wiz going nowhere, and the Bulls still fighting for playoff position, which will win this battle tonight?


NBA Picks: Wizards vs. Bulls
 

The Wizards get the playoff bound Bulls on their final game of the regular season, the NBA Odds favor Chicago at -8, with a total of 186 ½. 

With the Hawks loss last night, the Bulls have jumped back into the 5th seed, something I don’t think they want to do. If they are in the 5th seed, they have to face a very good Nets team in the first round, and a potential matchup with Miami in the 2nd. If they stay in the 6th, they play a slumping Indiana in the first round, and then likely the Knicks in the 2nd if they make it that far.

If Chicago wins tonight they get the 5th seed. If they lose, they have to hope that the Hawks win if they want to move down. There is a chance they rest here, but either way it goes, I really like the under tonight on this total. 

Washington is 29-11 cashing the under on the road this season, while the Bulls are 25-15 cashing the under at home. Plus, the last ten times these two have played the total has gone under. I don’t know where we can get that kind of consistent trend anywhere in sports handicapping, but I can’t bet against that kind of streak, and I’m on the under.

It should be a pretty good bet that one of these teams stays under 90 points in this game. It could be the Wizards who average about 88 points per game scored on the road, or it could be the Bulls, who have trouble scoring anyways, and they could be resting some of their key players.

All in all, I think Chicago wants Indiana in the first round and not the Nets, I think they tank this game in hopes that the Hawks beat the resting Knicks tonight, Take the under for this NBA Pick.

[gameodds]5/224974/43-1537-19-999996/us[/gameodds]

My Free Pick: UNDER 186 ½  at Bookmaker.eu