Chicago Bulls vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 1/1/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Washington Wizards
Date: Saturday, January 1, 2022
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
The Chicago Bulls (22-10) are en route to Capital One Arena on Saturday where they will try to beat the Washington Wizards (18-17).
The Bulls faced the Hawks and took home the win by a score of 131-117 in their last contest. Concerning fouls, the Bulls ended up with 18 while the Hawks totaled 11 fouls. They also buried 11 of 26 tries from beyond the perimeter. Atlanta finished shooting 69.2% when shooting free throws by knocking down 18 of 26 tries. Moreover, Atlanta collected 27 boards (10 offensive, 17 defensive) and added 6 rejections. Atlanta distributed 37 dimes and had 26 steals for this game. Pertaining to defense, Chicago allowed their opponent to shoot 47.8% from the field on 44 of 92 shooting. They also recorded 38 assists in this game as well as forcing the opposition into 3 turnovers and earning 9 steals. With regard to grabbing boards, they compiled 41 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Bulls converted 17 of 22 attempts for a rate of 77.3%. Chicago ended the game with a 61.9% field goal percentage (52 out of 84) and made 10 of 22 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Zach LaVine is a player who was a major contributor in the matchup. LaVine finished the game at 76.9% from the floor and also totaled 5 assists. He played 32 mins and also pulled down 2 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 25 points on 10 out of 13 shooting.
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Chicago will enter this matchup with a record of 22-10 for the campaign. They are averaging 110.8 pts per contest (8th in basketball) while connecting on 47.6% from the field. The Bulls are shooting 38.0% on three-point attempts (362 of 953) and 81.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Chicago is pulling in 42.8 rebounds per game and has racked up 765 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 26th in basketball in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.6 personal fouls every game.
On defense, the Bulls are able to force 14.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. They are conceding 36.3% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 13th in the league in points per game allowed (106.9). The Bulls defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.4% (1,260 of 2,776) and they relinquish 43.9 boards per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 3rd in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 734 conceded so far this season.
When they last played, the Wizards took home the win by a final score of 110-93 against the Cavaliers. The Wizards were able to collect 37 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 47 in this matchup. They turned the ball over 7 times, while getting 7 steals in this matchup. The Cavaliers committed 12 fouls in this matchup which took the Wizards to the free throw line for 17 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw tries for a rate of 64.7%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, Washington converted 9 of their 29 attempts (31.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Wizards went 45 out of 90 from the field which gave them a rate of 50.0%. The Wizards permitted the Cavaliers to convert 35 of 83 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 42.2% for the game. They shot 28.6% from distance by connecting on 8 out of 28 and finished the game at 15 of 23 from the free throw line (65.2%). In reference to rebounding, Washington allowed Cleveland to grab 36 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Bradley Beal pitched in for the Wizards in the game. Beal recorded 29 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 10 dimes in this contest. He converted 13 out of 23 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 56.5%, and accounted for 6 rebounds.
Washington has a win-loss mark of 18-17 for the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Wizards are connecting on 46.5% from the floor, which is 7th in basketball. Washington has accumulated 3,715 points for the campaign (106.1 per game) and they grab 44.2 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 23.9 times per game (13th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per game. The Wizards are committing 19.1 fouls per contest while shooting 76.1% from the free throw line.
The Wizards are ranked 19th in the league in PPG given up with 108.5. They are forcing 12.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.3% from the floor (15th in the league). The Washington defense concedes 34.1% on 3-point shots (366 of 1,073) and opponents are making 79.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 22.9 dimes and 44.8 total boards per game, which is 7th and 14th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago
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