Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 2/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+3.5)
United Center is the venue where and the Chicago Bulls (9-13) will take on the Washington Wizards (5-14) on Monday. The spread on this contest has Chicago as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 222.5.
The Washington Wizards took the court against the Miami Heat and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 122-95 in their last contest. Washington wrapped up the contest having earned a 37.1% field goal percentage (33 out of 89) and made 8 of their 33 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Wizards converted 21 of their 24 shots for a percentage of 87.5%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 40 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 19 assists in the game in addition to earning 7 steals and 9 blocks. In reference to defending, Washington allowed the other team to shoot 49.4% from the floor on 43 of 87 shooting. Miami distributed 27 assists and had 9 steals for this game. In addition, the Heat snagged 48 boards (9 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 7 rejections. Miami finished shooting 87.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 20 of 23 tries. They made 16 out of their 37 attempts from three-point range.
Russell Westbrook is a guy who was a major factor for the game. He totaled 13 points on 4 out of 9 shooting. He played for 24:36 minutes played and collected 3 boards. Westbrook walked away from this one shooting 44.4% from the floor and also dished out 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in this game for the Wizards was Rui Hachimura. He snagged 2 boards and accumulated 3 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 30.8% from the floor in the game by hitting 4-of-13 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Hachimura played for 27:00 minutes.
Washington enters this one with a win-loss record of 5-14 so far this season. They are turning it over 13.9 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 22.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Washington is collecting 43.3 rebounds per game and has earned 479 assists on the season, which is 28th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Wizards are shooting 35.8% on three-point attempts (233 of 651) and 75.8% from the charity stripe. They average 115.2 pts per game (4th in the NBA) while connecting on 45.9% from the field. On defense, the Wizards are forcing 14.9 turnovers every game while drawing 21.4 fouls. The Wizards are giving up a field goal percentage of 48.7% (284 of 407) and they surrender 46.0 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 2nd in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 464 surrendered for the campaign. They give up 39.3% from 3-point land and they rank 30th in basketball in points per game allowed (121.2).
When they last stepped on the court, the Chicago Bulls walked away with a victory by a final of 118-92 when they faced the Orlando Magic. The Bulls were able to corral 36 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 for the contest. They also stuffed 10 tries while getting 6 steals in this matchup. The Magic committed 10 fouls in this matchup which took the Bulls to the free throw line for 13 attempts. They were able to bury 9 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 69.2%. When it comes to three-point shots, Chicago converted 15 out of 30 attempts (50.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Bulls finished shooting 47 for 91 from the floor which had them shooting 51.6%. The Bulls permitted the Magic to knock down 37 of 95 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 38.9% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 22.2% from three-point range by shooting 6 out of 27 and walked away from this one shooting 12 of 12 at the free throw line (100.0%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Chicago allowed Orlando to pull down 47 in all (15 offensive).
Zach LaVine pitched in for the Bulls in this contest. He knocked down 16 of 25 for the matchup giving him a rate of 64.0%, which had him sitting at 39 points. LaVine grabbed 7 rebounds in his 33:11 minutes of time on the court and totaled 4 dimes for this contest. One more player that played a role for Chicago was Denzel Valentine. He ended up with 20 points in 36:36 mins played by way of 8 of 17 from the floor for this contest. Valentine finished going 47.1% from the floor and also collecting 4 assists and 3 rebounds.
Chicago has a mark of 9-13 so far this year. Chicago has scored 2,532 points on the season (115.1 per contest) and they snag 43.8 boards per game. The Bulls commit 20.4 fouls every game and they connect on 79.4% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulls are shooting 47.9% from the floor, which ranks 6th in the NBA. They are getting an assist 26.2 times per game (8th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 16.5 times per contest. The Bulls on defense are ranked 27th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 116.2. They relinquish 24.1 assists and 43.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 11th and 9th in the league. The Chicago defense concedes 36.9% on 3-point shots (280 of 759) and opponents are making 76.8% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 14.9 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.6% from the floor (24th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (-3.5)
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