Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 2/26/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+4)
The Chicago Bulls will compete against the Washington Wizards at United Center on Sunday. Chicago opens this contest as 4-point favorites. The total is set at 232.
The Wizards stepped onto the hardwood against the Knicks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 115-109 in their last game. In the matter of personal fouls, the Wizards ended up walking away with 20 and the Knicks racked up 17 personal fouls. They also converted 12 out of their 29 shots from distance. New York finished 81.3% from the charity stripe by making 13 of their 16 tries. On top of that, New York grabbed 43 rebounds (12 offensive, 31 defensive) and earned 6 blocked shots. New York earned 21 dimes and had 9 steals in this game. Concerning defense, Washington let their opponent shoot 48.9% from the floor on 45 out of 92 shooting. They also distributed 25 assists in this matchup while forcing 12 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 34 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Wizards knocked down 12 of 12 attempts for a percentage of 100.0%. Washington wrapped up the game with a 49.4% FG percentage (39 of 79) and buried 19 out of their 44 3-point attempts.
Kyle Kuzma is one player who was a contributor in the game. He recorded 23 points on 10 of 23 shooting. He played for 41 minutes and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kuzma walked away from this one shooting 43.5% from the floor and totaled 3 dimes.
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Washington heads into this one with a record of 28-31 this season. They average 113.6 pts per game (17th in basketball) while shooting 48.5% from the field. The Wizards are hitting 36.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (681 of 1,888) and 78.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Washington is pulling down 43.9 boards per contest and has racked up 1,494 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 15th in basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.2 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Wizards have forced 12.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.6 personal fouls. They concede 35.8% on three-point shots while they are 15th in the league in PPG allowed (113.4). The Wizards are giving up a FG percentage of 46.5% (2,470 of 5,315) and they concede 43.0 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 5th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,402 relinquished so far this season.
In their last game, the Bulls took home the win by a final score of 131-87 when they faced the Nets. The Bulls were able to collect 45 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 57 in this contest. They turned it over 9 times, while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Nets were called for 25 fouls for the contest which got the Bulls to the free throw line for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to make 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 67.9%. Concerning 3-pointers, Chicago made 12 of 26 tries (46.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulls finished shooting 50 for 88 from the field which gave them a rate of 56.8%. The Bulls allowed the Nets to convert 30 out of 81 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 37.0% for the contest. They finished 27.3% from 3-point land by connecting on 12 of 44 and walked away from this one shooting 15 of 19 from the charity stripe (78.9%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, Chicago permitted Brooklyn to get 31 in all (5 offensive).
Zach LaVine pitched in for the Bulls for this contest. He buried 12 of 17 in the game for a rate of 70.6%, and had 6 rebounds. LaVine earned 32 points in his 29 mins of playing time and had 2 assists in this contest.
Chicago has a mark of 27-33 so far this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bulls are connecting on 48.8% from the field, which is ranked 6th in the league. Chicago has totaled 6,803 pts on the season (113.4 per game) and they grab 43.1 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 24.2 times per contest (22nd in basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.8 times per contest. The Bulls are responsible for committing 19.4 fouls every game and they connect on 80.9% from the free throw line.
The Chicago defense allows 35.2% on shots from beyond the arc (778 of 2,209) and their opposition knocks down 78.6% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 25.8 assists and 43.4 total boards per game, which ranks them 22nd and 15th in the NBA. The Bulls on the defensive end are ranked 14th in the league in PPG allowed with 112.9. They are able to force 14.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the floor (9th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (-4)
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