Wizards vs. Bulls NBA expert prediction and odds for Monday, March 25 (Back the Bulls as heavy favorites)

NBA betting preview, prediction and best bet for Wizards-Bulls. 
Mar 11, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) drives to the basket against Dallas.
Mar 11, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) drives to the basket against Dallas. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls are firmly in the NBA Play-In Tournament despite back-to-back losses and a 3-5 stretch. Help could be on the way for Chicago, which is No. 9 in the Eastern Conference. Some heavy hitters are trending toward suiting up Monday night when the lowly Washington Wizards come to town. 

Washington snapped a five-game losing streak with a 109-102 win over Sacramento on Thursday. They rolled that into a three-point home win over Toronto on Saturday for their second two-game winning streak of the month. Can they use that momentum as a huge underdog at the United Center on Monday? Here’s the betting preview of the conference clash with a best bet. 

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Wizards vs. Bulls  odds, spread and total

Wizards vs. Bulls how to watch

  • Date: Monday, March 25 
  • Game time: 8 p.m. EST
  • Venue: United Center
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Wizards record: 13-58
  • Bulls record: 34-37

Wizards vs. Bulls  injury report

Washington Wizards

  • Kyle Kuzma (shoulder soreness): out
  • Landry Shamet (calf): out
  • Eugene Omoruyi (ankle): out
  • Tyus Jones (back): out
  • Jordan Poole (ankle): questionable 

Chicago Bulls

  • Coby White (hip): probable
  • Alex Caruso (ankle): probable
  • Dalen Terry (calf): probable

Wizards vs. Bulls key players to watch

Washington Wizards

Deni Avdija: A former top-10 pick, Avdija has three double-doubles over the last seven games. He is averaging 17.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in March and is shooting over 50% from the field for the year. Avdija had 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists in Saturday’s home win over the Raptors. 

Chicago Bulls

Ayo Dosunmu: The former second-round pick is averaging 11.8 points per game this season but carried the load offensively for the Bulls in recent play with the injury report getting full. The shooting guard scored 92 points over a three-game stretch and had a double-double (23 points, 10 assists) in Chicago’s last win on March 18 over Portland. Dosunmu is coming off a 14-point night in Saturday’s 124-113 loss to Boston. 

Wizards vs. Bulls prediction and pick

Though Washington has been a good ATS pick as a road underdog this season (20-15-1), this looks like a discount on the heavily favored Bulls with some key pieces on the injury report trending upward to suit up on Monday night. 

Chicago should return two starters (White and Caruso) to the lineup along with one bench piece (Terry) against the Wizards. It helps the most on the offensive end for Chicago, though the Bulls have scored 110-plus points in six consecutive games. Chicago’s offense should have a field day against a Washington defense that is last in net rating. 

The Bulls’ biggest advantage is down low. Washington is last in the NBA in defensive rebounding and allows the most second-chance points and points in the paint in the league. They’ll face a Chicago squad that sets the tone well near the basket. Defensively, the Bulls allow the fewest points in the paint in the NBA (45.3 per game) and allow the sixth-fewest offensive rebounds a night. 

There could be some rust for Chicago’s injured stars returning to the floor. Thankfully, they’ll face a Washington defense that is last in opposing shooting percentage, allowing opponents to knock down shots at a 49.9% clip. Back the Bulls to pull away. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.