Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards Pick & Prediction JANUARY 11th 2023

Stadium: Verizon Center Washington
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A tough road loss isn't about to discourage the Chicago Bulls, who appear to be on the upswing at the season's midway point. And they will look to return to the win column when they visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Chicago had won eight of 11 games before it came out on the losing end of a 107-99 decision against the Boston Celtics on Monday.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 27 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter. Nikola Vucevic added 21 points and 13 rebounds.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Chicago, which trailed by two points with two minutes remaining against the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics.

"We're showing that we can compete with all the top teams in this league," Bulls guard DeMar DeRozan said. "That's a plus right there that we've just got to use going into this next half of the season and really turn it up and take advantage of everything we learned from these first 41 games."

DeRozan scored 13 points in 23 minutes before exiting midway through the third quarter with a strained right quadriceps. The Bulls will be closely monitoring the five-time All-Star, who is listed as day-to-day and has not missed a game this season.

"If I leave out of a game, it's something serious," DeRozan said. "I play through a lot that I don't mention. My whole career, I've been stubborn when it comes to that. I just want to always be on the floor."

Chicago has split its first two meetings this season against Washington, which will be without leading scorer Bradley Beal again. The three-time All-Star has missed five of the team's past six games with a strained left hamstring. He is set to be reevaluated Thursday.

The Wizards lost their third straight Monday when the New Orleans Pelicans cruised to a 132-112 victory.

Kristaps Porzingis had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who committed 20 turnovers leading to 39 points.

"Thirty-nine points off turnovers, that's tough to overcome. A lot of them I thought were just careless, just unforced," Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said.

Monte Morris, who tallied 13 points and nine assists in the loss, said the Wizards need to be more cohesive.

"A few times we're trying to dribble in tight spaces, a few times we're fake cutting -- you've got to give yourself up, or you've got to pop," Morris said. "We've got to get on top of that and trust our instinct. Moral of the story, we play together, the ball will be popping."

Daniel Gafford scored 13 points before exiting late with a right ankle sprain. He is listed as day-to-day.

Gafford has scored in double figures in six consecutive games.

Kyle Kuzma, who is averaging career-highs in points (21.3) and assists (3.8), scored 19 points against New Orleans before fouling out.

Chicago has won 12 of the past 16 matchups against Washington since the start of the 2018-19 season, with 14 of those games decided by single digits.

--Field Level Media

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Chicago vs. Washington Recap DEC 31TH 2020

Walt Lemon Jr. scored a game-high 24 points, and the last two came on free throws with 1.8 seconds left that gave the visiting Chicago Bulls a 115-114 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

The win snapped a five-game Chicago losing streak. The Bulls have had a tough time in the last several games as they were again missing some of their top scorers due to injuries -- Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr. and Kris Dunn all were out again and each has missed at least four straight games.

Lemon pushed the Bulls in the fourth quarter as they kept stopping the Wizards from pulling away. Chasson Randle made two free throws that gave Washington a one-point lead with 12.7 seconds left before Lemon stepped up.

He tried to drive into the lane and got fouled. The guard sank both free throws, and Washington's Jordan McRae missed a 3-pointer as time ran out.

Overall, the Bulls had seven players in double figures. JaKarr Sampson finished behind Lemon with 18 points.

Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis both led Washington with 20 points.

This was a battle between two teams out of the playoff race, but both Chicago and Washington played hard as the game swung back and forth.

The game stayed close throughout the first half. Washington was up by two at the end of the first quarter and held on for a 57-56 lead at halftime.

The Wizards appeared to be taking charge when a Bryant free throw gave them a 70-63 lead just over four minutes into the third quarter. But Chicago then scored 11 straight points, capped by a Lemon lay-up.

Washington then bounced back and a lay-up from Portis late in the third quarter gave the Wizards an 87-83 edge heading into the fourth period.

The Wizards tried to take over again early in the fourth when McRae's jumper gave them a 93-85 lead. However, the Bulls fought back once more and pulled close, which set up the final minutes.

--Field Level Media