In this battle between two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Eastern conference table, the third-worse Chicago Bulls (18-47), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the fourth Philadelphia 76ers (41-23), who on the other hand have lost only once in their last 4 games.
Date/Time: 03-06-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Chicago Bulls +5.5
Chicago Bulls have a 18-47 record (29-35-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pacers with a 96-105 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Zach LaVine with 23.5 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and 4.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Lauri Markkanen with 19.5 ppg and a team high 9.4 boards per game.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 41-23 record (31-33 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Magic with a 114-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.3 ppg, adding a team high 13.5 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 21.6 ppg and 8.3 boards per game, while Jimmy Butler adds 18.5 ppg and 5.1 boards.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Sixers won at home with a 127-108 score. Bulls have a 7-25 home record, while the Sixers are 16-14 on the road. Sixers are better both offensively, scoring 115.5 ppg to Bulls’ 104.9 and defensively, allowing 112.2 ppg to Bulls’ 112.5. They also have better percentages both in field goals (47.3% to 45.2%) and in 3-pointers (36.2% to 35.4%). Sixers are also better in dimes made (27.3 to 22.2) and in boards grabbed (47 to 42.6), while Bulls are only better in turnovers committed (13.7 to 15.1). Sixers are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Chicago Bulls Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5 (-108)
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