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Vegas Play of the Day: Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls

Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.

Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.

Chicago Bulls minus-5.5 against Washington Wizards: $330 to win $300

With my last NBA play, I took the lone road underdog that didn’t even cover. The other three that day all won outright.

This time around, I’m siding with the team looking to even the score, which means I need the Bulls to play a lot better than they did Sunday when the Wizards won the fourth quarter by 12 and Game One of the series by nine.

Washington took that game with few contributions from the bench. Meanwhile, Chicago had multiple guys enter the game and score double-digit points in at least 30 minutes. That support is always helpful in a tough series, and I think that starts tonight.

Nene was great, but he’s rarely that good all the time. His 24 points were the most he had scored since Feb. 22, in large part because he missed a long stretch with a knee injury. However, it still tied for his third highest point total of the season. Nene simply doesn’t score that much that often.

That means Washington is likely going to have to get its scoring from someone else, and while the Wizards are capable of doing that a few times in this series I don’t like their chances of keeping the Bulls at bay for the second game in a row.

Standings: Bern (19-15, $10,130), Keefer (17-18, $9,583), Brewer (14-19-3, $6,615)

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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