Time: 6:00 PM Central Standard Time
Location: Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.; Capacity: 20,173
Last Meeting: Bulls Won, 87-80
Series Record This Season: Bulls Lead Series, 2-0
Series Streak: Bulls W2
Records: Bulls: 40-17/Wizards: 15-43
Leading Scorers: Bulls: Derrick Rose–24.9 ppg/Wizards: Nick Young–17.8 ppg
Leading Rebounders: Bulls: Joakim Noah–11.9 rpg/Wizards: Andray Blatche–7.9 rpg
Leaders in Assists: Bulls: Derrick Rose–8.1 apg/Wizards: John Wall–9 apg
Leading Shot-Blockers: Bulls: Joakim Noah–1.6 bpg/Wizards: JaVale McGee–2.3 bpg
Leaders in Steals: Bulls: Ronnie Brewer–1.4 spg/Wizards: John Wall–1.6 spg
Team Points Per Game: Bulls: 98.3/Wizards: 96.9
Team Opponents Points Per Game: Bulls: 92.5/Wizards: 103.8
Team Turnovers Per Game: Bulls: 14.3/Wizards: 15.3
Team Rebounds Per Game: Bulls: 44.1/Wizards: 40.7
Team Assists Per Game: Bulls: 21.7/Wizards: 20.3
Team Steals Per Game: Bulls: 7.1/Wizards: 7.8
Team Shooting Percentage: Bulls: 46%/Wizards: 44%
Team 3-Point Percentage: Bulls: 36%/Wizards: 35%
Team Free Throw Percentage: Bulls: 73%/Wizards: 76%
I won’t go into too much depth with this game, because I covered most of my thoughts with the “Week Ahead” article, but I will just cover some of the basics.
The Wizards, as you can see, are a sub-par team, but they do have two good wins against the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics.
Both of those wins came at home, which is why I don’t think you can count the Wizards out right away.
With that being said, however, it’s apparent that the Bulls are the better team coming into this game. But, as my principal once told my football team, “It’s not the better team who always wins; it’s the team that plays the best that day.”
It’s simple for the Bulls.
Will they come ready to play or not? That will be the deciding factor in this game.
Prediction: Bulls win by 17.