Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls ATS Prediction 02/23/20

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The Chicago Bulls (19-38) and the Washington Wizards (20-34) face off at United Center. The Bulls are 1-point underdogs and look to snap their eight-game losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 231.5 points and it can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Wizards (6-point favorites) were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-108, while the Bulls (4.5-point favorites) fell to the Phoenix Suns, 112-104. The Washington game finished 16 points under the projected point total of 237, while the Chicago game finished 4.5 points over the projected point total of 211.5.

Washington forced Cleveland into a turnover percentage of 18.6 (above their season average of 13.9) while Chicago had a better effective field goal percentage (0.518 vs. 0.500). Coby White was a key piece for Chicago with 33 points. Meanwhile, Washington received a boost from Rui Hachimura, who contributed 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Bulls lead the season series two games to one. The two teams combined to score 240 points in their most recent game, which was over the projected point total of 230.5. Chicago lost 126-114, covering as a 3-point underdog. Washington’s free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Chicago. The Wizards had a rate of 0.213, while the Bulls posted a mark of 0.109. In the loss, Zach LaVine led all scorers with 41 points.

Of the Wizards’ 54 games, 31 have finished over the total. Washington heads into the game with records of 20-34 straight up (SU) and 28-26 against the spread (ATS).

Of the Bulls’ 56 games that accepted bets, 30 have finished over the total. Moreover, Chicago owns records of 19-38 SU and 24-31-1 ATS.

This has potential to be a sloppy game for the offense of Chicago. Chicago ranks 26th in the NBA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 14.4 percent), while the pesky defense of Washington forces the ninth-most turnovers in the league (14.3 percent).

Wizards at Bulls Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Bulls, ATS Winner – Bulls, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • The Bulls rank 20th in rebounds allowed per game (46.0) while the Wizards rank 25th (46.5).
  • Chicago averages 49.3 points in the paint per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. Washington ranks 27th in points allowed in the paint per game (52.1).
  • The Bulls rank first in steals per game (10.0) while the Wizards rank 14th (7.8).
  • Washington ranks 10th in assists per game (25.6) while Chicago ranks 23rd in assists allowed per game (25.4).
  • Chicago ranks fifth in three pointers allowed per game (31.9) while Washington ranks 13th (33.4).
  • The Wizards rank fifth in points off turnovers per game (18.3) while the Bulls rank 23rd in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.7).
  • The Wizards rank 17th in blocks allowed per game (5.1) while the Bulls rank 28th (6.0).
  • Chicago averages 15.2 fast break points per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. Washington ranks eighth in fast break points allowed per game (12.5).
  • Chicago ranks 15th in second chance points allowed per game (12.7) while Washington ranks 29th (15.1).
  • In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Chicago is 5-3 and Washington is 4-0.
  • The Bulls are 19-23 when they reach the century mark, while the Wizards are 18-32.
  • Chicago is 11-16-1 ATS at home, while Washington is 14-13 ATS on the road.
  • The total has gone over in 14 of the Bulls’ 28 home games, while 17 of the Wizards’ 27 road games have gone over.

Bettings Trends:

  • The Wizards are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Bulls are 1-3-1.
  • In their last five games, Washington has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Chicago has 4 overs and 1 under.
  • The Wizards have outscored opponents by an average of 3.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Washington has been defeated by an average of 4.2 points.
  • During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 108.2 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 116.8 points per game (7.4 above their season average).