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Chicago vs. Washington Game 3 Point Spread Pick

Time: 8 PM EST Friday April 25, 2014, ESPN

Location: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

The Washington Wizards host the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 in an Eastern Conference playoff match up.

In their last games: In Game 2 the Wizards beat the Bulls 101-99.

The Wizards lead this best of 7 series 2-0.

In Game 2 the Wizards outscored the Bulls 14-4 to end regulation to force overtime. For the game the Wizards shot 47.5% from the floor and they played good defense holding the Bulls to a FG% of 43.2%.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 games between these 2 teams.

In the last 28 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 21 times.

The Bulls are in a 0-2 hole in this series and lost the first 2 games at home.

Betting Odds

Point Spread:Washington -3
Total Line: 182
Money Line: Bulls +125 / Wizards -145

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Chicago Bulls: 48-36 SU 41-42-1 ATS
Washington Wizards: 46-38 SU 45-38-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• CHI is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
• CHI is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss.
• CHI has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.
• WASH is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
• WASH is 17-8 ATS in their last 25 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
• WASH has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Chicago Bulls: 91.30
Washington Wizards: 91.85

Key Player Injuries

BULLS
Derrick Rose G Sidelined Nov 22 knee surgery Out for the 2013-14 season

WIZARDS
Nene Hilario F/C Sidelined Apr 22 knee Expected to Play Friday

Point Spread Pick:

The Bulls win or lose with their defense. Chicago allowed 91.8 points per game during the regular season, but has allowed 95 or greater in 5 of their last 6 losing 4 of the games. Chicago did slow it down in the second half of Game 2 and had success holding Washington to 35 points over the final two quarters of regulation. Of course the Bulls could continue that play into Game 3 although it appears that the Wizards may have their number scoring 96 or greater in 4 of 5 matchups. Washington doesn’t have a large home bias with a barely over .500 record of 22-19 and they were only 1-1 straight up against and 0-1-1 versus the number hosting Chicago this season. The game that stands out to me is the 96-78 spanking the Bulls put on the home team back on April 5th and with Chicago having their backs against the wall they should may be able to dig deep and come up with the same level of defensive performance.
Take the Chicago Bulls +3.

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