The 76ers are set to take on the Bulls at 7:00 ET at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The 76ers are favored by 10.5 points at BetUs in this Eastern Conference matchup.
Will the Chicago Defense Show Up on the Road?
In the Eastern Conference, the Bulls are in 10th place and sit 4th in the Central Division on a record of 15-19. Chicago has struggled on the road this season, going just 4-10.
So far, the Bulls have been the underdog in 21 of their 34 games and have gone 12-9 against the spread in those games. The team’s current road ATS streak is at five games, helping them to an overall ATS record of 18-16.
The average over/under line in their games has been 221.7 points, and their over/under record for the season is 17-16-1. Each of their last five games have finished below the over/under lines for those games.
When playing games with higher over/under lines than 224.5, the Bulls have gone 2-7 in these games compared to 15-9-1 when the lines have been lower than 224.5.
In their last game, the Bulls scored 105 points, which is right in line with their season average of 109.9 PPG. DeMar DeRozan is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 22.4 PPG, while Coby White is second on the team with an average of 17.7 PPG.
At this time, the Bulls’ defense is positioned 9th in the NBA, permitting 112.0 points per game. Opponents are hitting 55.5% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.5% of their three-point attempts.
- Nikola Vucevic (Out) Adductor
- Zach LaVine (Out) Foot
- Lonzo Ball (Out) Knee
- Torrey Craig (Out) Right Foot
- Onuralp Bitim (Out) Nose
Can the 76ers Please their Home Crowd?
Heading into today’s game against the Bulls, the 76ers are 10.5-point favorites at home. If they are able to cover, it will also snap their two-game losing streak (straight-up and ATS).
In the Eastern Conference, the 76ers are currently in 3rd place and sit 2nd in the Atlantic Division on a record of 22-10. Against other teams in the East, the 76ers have gone 16-8 compared to 6-2 in non-conference matchups.
So far this season, Philadelphia games have finished below today’s over/under line of 224.5 points 12 times in their 32 games. The 76ers have an over/under record of 20-12. When playing at home, their games have averaged 231.9 points per contest this season.
When looking at their overall ATS performance, the 76ers are 23-9 this season. When playing at home, they have an average scoring margin of +13.8 points per game and have gone 12-4 ATS at home.
In their most recent game vs. the Bulls, the 76ers offense put up 92 points. They finished the game shooting 39.1% from the field and made 9 three-pointers. Leading the way in scoring for the 76ers vs. the Bulls was Tyrese Maxey, who had 20 points. Tobias Harris was the second-leading scorer for the 76ers vs. the Bulls with 15 points.
This season, the 76ers defense has been impressive, holding the 6th position in the league while permitting an average of 110.9 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, 76ers are causing 11.8 turnovers per game, ranking 5th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 7th in rejections, averaging 6 blocked shots each game.
- De’Anthony Melton (Out) Back
Bulls vs. 76ers Pick
For a point-spread wager in this 76ers vs. 76ers game, we suggest taking the Bulls at +10.5. Even though our predictions have the 76ers winning 112-110, we see the Bulls as the better choice on the point-spread.
Pick: Take the Bulls at +10.5
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 224.5 and our model has the Bulls and 76ers finishing with a combined 222 points. Our pick is to take the under.
Pick: Go Under 224.5 points (-110)