CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Bulls (8-2) vs Washington Wizards(1-8)
Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
Time: 7:00pm CST/8:00 EST
TV: Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Nat’l TV: N/A
Radio: ESPN 1000
Announcers: Neil Funk, Stacey King
Line: Bulls by 13.5
Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — PG C.J. Watson (Elbow, Game Time Decision), SG Ricard Hamilton (Hamstring, Day-to-Day)
WASHINGTON — PF Andre Blantche (Day-to-Day), SF Rashard Lewis (Day-to-Day)
Key Matchup: Carlos Boozer/Joakim Noah vs. The Bench
Last Game: Bulls beat Timberwolves 111-100, Wizards beat Raptors 93-78
Last Meeting: March 15, 2011 – Bulls 98, Wizards 79
Series History (Since 2002-03): Bulls lead series 20-13
Last Minute Preview: The Bulls couldn’t have asked for an easier way to end one of the most low maintenance three game stretches in all of basketball. For the Bulls three games in a row they got two at home and their only road game was a car drives distance to Minneapolis. Chicago has won their first two match ups against the easily beatable Detroit Pistons and the rising but still not there Timberwolves.
Now, after that terribly tiresome trip, the Bulls have to return home to face — wait for it — the one win Wizards.
They would have been the still winless Wizards had they not some how blown out the Raptors last night. But don’t think for a second that the Wizards will give the Bulls anywhere near the fight the Timberwolves gave them last night.
Washington is a mess of a team. John Wall doesn’t want to pass, he wants to be Derrick Rose. There’s no way around that. He’s not a team guy right now and when you’re a supposedly rising superstar on a horrible team that is nowhere near getting better, why not be a ball hog. No one is watching you anyways and he’s the guy most capable of getting them noticed.
Flip Saunders is most likely going to get the axe before the season is out and in a season that is already short, that’s pretty incredible.
The Bulls can’t coast past this game either. They let up against the Wolves last night after an explosion of offensive in the first quarter and then effectively let the Wolves back into the game. Washington doesn’t have the fire power to mount a 24 point comeback against the Bulls but Chicago also doesn’t want to get embarrassed by being a one win team’s second victory.
That being said, if a huge lead is built, which one should be, the Bulls can take it a little easy but it’s also not like they had a really taxing three game stretch.
Chicago should have no problem wrapping this three game stretch 3-0 and further solidifying themselves a top the East.
Prediction: Bulls 106, Wizards 81