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Bulls face Wizards: NBA odds preview

Chicago BullsWashington Wizards
18-19January 17, 2014, 07:00 | Verizon Center18-19

The Wizards will be trying to slam the Bulls on Friday when the teams tip off at Verizon Center in NBA betting action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Wizards currently sport a record of 18-19, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 20-16-1 ATS. The Bulls are 18-19 and 16-21 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Wizards post a 22-15 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Bulls have gone 15-22 against the number.

View Chicago Bulls vs Washington Wizards Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the Bulls listed as 3.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 184.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

This game matches up the No. 18 (Wizards) and the No. 17 (Bulls) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 90-88 result in favor of the Wizards is predicted by handicapping models.

In their last action, Chicago was a 128-125 winner on the road against the Magic. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (253) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Bulls got a 26-point performance from Joakim Noah, who added 19 rebounds as Chicago ran past Orlando 128-125 on Wednesday at Amway Center.

In their last action, Washington was a 114-97 winner at home against the Heat. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (211) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Wizards got a 25-point performance from John Wall as Washington ran past Miami 114-97 on Wednesday at Verizon Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 19-ranked offense (98.35 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 2 at 92.78 PPG. The Wizards have averaged 44.72% from the field per game, more than the Bulls have managed so far this season (42.33% on average).

Next up:
Chicago home to Philadelphia, Saturday, January 18th
Washington home to Detroit, Saturday, January 18th