Chicago Bulls vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 12/31/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Washington Wizards
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+5)
The Washington Wizards (0-4) play the Chicago Bulls (1-3) at Capital One Arena on Thursday. The odds on this matchup have Washington as 5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 234.5.
The Chicago Bulls faced off with the Washington Wizards and notched a win by a score of 115-107 in their last contest. Chicago wrapped up the contest having earned a 43.7% field goal percentage (38 out of 87) and knocked down 15 of their 36 shots from distance. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Bulls converted 24 of 32 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they compiled 37 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 26 assists for the contest while getting 7 steals and 2 blocks. In relation to defense, Chicago allowed the other team to shoot 44.0% from the floor on 37 of 84 shooting. Washington totaled 25 dimes and had 6 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Wizards had 47 boards (8 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 6 rejections. Washington finished shooting 88.5% from the free throw line by knocking down 23 of their 26 tries. They also made 10 of their 37 attempts from distance.
Zach LaVine is one player who was a major factor for this game. He accumulated 23 points on 6 of 15 shooting. He played for 38:17 minutes and also snagged 5 boards. LaVine finished 40.0% from the field and also dished out 6 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Bulls was Coby White. He had 5 boards and had 6 dimes. He went 42.9% from the floor in this game by going 6-of-14 (18 points). Overall, White saw the court for 36:57 minutes.
Chicago enters this game with a win-loss mark of 1-3 on the year. The Bulls are shooting 37.1% on shots from beyond the arc (56 of 151) and 80.2% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 113.3 pts per game (15th in basketball) while going 43.3% from the floor. They cough up possession 18.8 times per contest and as a team are committing 20.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Chicago is snagging 42.3 boards per contest and has earned 96 dimes this year, which is 12th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Bulls are able to force 18.0 turnovers per game while drawing 26.5 personal fouls. They give up 35.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 27th in basketball in opponents points per game (121.3). The Bulls are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 48.2% (72 of 106) and they surrender 45.8 boards per game as a team. They are ranked 28th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 108 surrendered on the campaign.
The Wizards were able to snag 39 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 47 in their matchup with the Bulls. They turned away 6 attempts while getting 6 steals in this game. The Bulls had 23 fouls for the matchup which took the Wizards to the free throw line for a total of 26 tries. They were able to convert 23 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 88.5%. With regard to 3-pointers, Washington converted 10 of their 37 tries (27.0%). Overall, the Wizards ended up shooting 37 for 84 from the floor which gave them a rate of 44.0%. The Wizards permitted the Bulls to convert 38 of 87 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.7% for the contest. They shot 41.7% from 3-point land by shooting 15 out of 36 and ended up going 24 out of 32 from the charity stripe (75.0%). When discussing rebounds, Washington allowed Chicago to snag 37 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Bradley Beal pitched in for the Wizards in the game. He converted 9 of 20 in this matchup for a rate of 45.0%, which got him 29 points. Beal grabbed 4 boards in his 36:32 mins of time on the hardwood and tallied 3 assists for the matchup. Someone else that played a role for Washington was Russell Westbrook. He totaled 21 points in 37:44 mins on the hardwood via 9 of 17 from the floor for this game. Westbrook ended up shooting 52.9% from the floor as well as earning 11 assists and 15 rebounds.
Washington has a mark of 0-4 so far this year. When it comes to offense, the Wizards are hitting on 46.8% from the field, which has them ranked 14th in basketball. Washington has earned 447 pts on the year (111.8 per game) and they grab 44.3 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 27.0 times per game (6th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 17.0 times per game. The Wizards are responsible for committing 26.3 fouls per contest and they hit 72.2% from the charity stripe. The Wizards on defense are ranked 24th in basketball in PPG allowed with 119.5. They have forced 14.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.3% from the floor (16th in the NBA). The Washington defense allows 35.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (43 of 120) and opponents are connecting on 82.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 23.0 assists and 45.8 boards per contest, which ranks 8th and 18th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (-5)
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