January 30, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) stands next to Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) in the second half at Verizon Center. The Bulls won 98-88. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Pippen Ain't Easy Pregame Report: Bulls vs. Wizards

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago Bulls (44-14) vs. Washington Wizards (14-46)

Chicago Bulls (44-14) vs. Washington Wizards (14-46) Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Location: United Center

Time: 7:00pm CST/8:00pm EST

TV: CSN-Chicago

Nat’l TV: N/A

Radio: ESPN 1000

Announcers: Neil Funk, Stacey King

Line: Bulls by 13

Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — NONE

WASHINGTON — SG Roger Mason (OUT), C Nene (OUT)

Key Matchup: Derrick Rose vs. John Wall

This game is even less of a math cup then the last one, but while we thought the Bulls would clean up against the Pistons, they almost lost. The Wizards played the Bulls close earlier this year which means this is another trap game. The Bulls seem to struggle mightily in trap games and now whenever they play a terrible team, that team is going to make it their business to become a blemish on Chicago’s record.

Streak

Avg. Pts Allowed

Avg. Pts Scored

Last 10 Games

Bulls

W3 

88.9

96.9

 6-4

Wizards

 L2

99.8

 93.1

 3-7

Last Game: Bulls beat Pistons 100-94, Wizards lost to Cavaliers 98-89

Last Meeting: January 30, 2012 — Bulls 98, Wizards 88

Series History (Since 2002-03): Bulls lead regular season series 22-13

Last Minute Preview: If the Bulls play smart and Derrick Rose takes control then the Bulls should easily handle the Wizards. John Wall has a lot to prove but tonight’s not going to be his night especially against a Rose who is trying to get back to full strength.

Prediction:  Bulls 91, Wizards 73

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