The NBA first round playoffs series opening games continue with two late games on Sunday featuring the Washington Wizards visiting the Chicago Bulls and the Portland Trail Blazers visiting the Houston Rockets.
WashingtonWizards vs. Chicago Bulls
Washington this season was 44-38 straight up and 43-38-1 against the spread. Chicago was 48-34 SU and 41-40-1 ATS.
Current line: Bulls -4.5 Point Total: 180.5
Washington leapfrogged the Brooklyn Nets on the last day of the regular season to take the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Bovada data shows that this is Washington’s first visit to the playoff since 2008, while Chicago qualified for the sixth consecutive season.
Topbet shows that Washington won two of the three regular season games between the two teams. They defeated Chicago, in Chicago 102-88 in January as a road dog by 2.5 points.
The teams split their two games played in the nation’s capital. Chicago won the most recent matchup 96-78 earlier in April, holding the Wizards to only 26 points in the first two quarters combined.
As a road dog, the Wizards were 17-8 against the spread through February, but over their final 5 games as a dog on the road, the Wizards were just 1-4 against the number.
Chicago was 27-15 straight up at home this season, but only 20-21 against the spread. Chicago was 10-3 SU to end the season and has won 8 of its past 10 games at home.
As a favorite at home since the start of the New Year, the Bulls covered 12 of their 19 games, including a record of 6-3 SU and ATS while a favorite of five or less points.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets
Current line: Rockets -5 Point Total: 214.5
Portland this season finished with a record of 54-28 SU and 44-38 ATS. Houston straight up was also 54-28, while against the spread finished 40-40-2.
This season the teams played head to head four times with Houston winning 3 of the 4. Portland lost both games played at Houston this season.
Each of the four head-to-head games between Houston and Portland finished OVER on the point total. In one game, on January 20 Houston won 126-113 and hit 16 three-point shots.
Portland has a losing streak of 8 straight games on the road against playoff teams from the Western Conference. During March, the Trail Blazers were just 3-8 SU and 5-6 ATS, according to data taken from sportsbook.com and betonline.
Houston was at home was 33-8 SU and 22-17-2 against the number. Since the beginning of February, the Rockets were 9-6 against the number, but faced just four playoff teams from the Western Conference during that period beating Portland, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.
Over the past 14 games Houston has played at home, the OVER has cashed in 12, while the Rockets scored 100 points or better in all 14.