Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls
The Philadelphia 76ers (40-23) enter Wednesday night’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls (18-46) as
74.1 percent favorites according to ESPN’s matchup predictor. Philly has posted a 16-14 road record,
while Chicago has gone just 7-25 at the United Center this season. Both teams enter Wednesday 6-4 over
their previous 10 games. The 76ers come into the game at -4.5 over the Bulls.
Bulls Tired Team
After taking down the Atlanta Hawks 168-161 in quadruple overtime last Friday night, the Bulls fell short
to the Hawks 123-118 on Monday. Lauri Markkanen led the way for Chicago with 19 points and nine
rebounds and Antonio Blakeney provided 17 points off the bench. They’ll make a pit stop in Indiana on
Tuesday night before Wednesday night’s showdown against Philly. With 16 games remaining on the
season Chicago is looking forward to an offseason that they can bring in other talent to surround their
young group of players. Currently 13th in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls should have pretty good odds
at landing a high draft pick depending on how things with the draft lottery shake out. Given that they have
LaVine, Porter, Markkanen and Carter all under contract, we’d expect Chicago to be in the market for a
point guard. Not sure if they’d have enough money to go after a Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker, but perhaps
they draft a guy like Murray State point guard Ja Morant at the top of the draft.
76ers Trying to Gain Health
The 76ers sit comfortably at 4th place in the East with a 2.5 game lead on the 5th place Boston Celtics.
Their last game ended in a 120-117 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Ben Simmons led the way with a
triple double performance, as he finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. Philly was without
center Joel Embiid against Golden State, who is still battling knee tendinitis. It would be expected that
Embiid sits against the Bulls, as Mike Scott would make another start in his place. Scott, a veteran stretch
power forward, finished with 22 points in 32 minutes against the Warriors.
This will be the first time Philly has taken on Chicago since hosting the Bulls opening night of the regular
season. A big 37-point third quarter helped lift the 76ers over the Bulls 127-108 on opening night, as
Embiid led the way with 30 points. A lot has changed for both teams since the first time they faced off
this season. The 76ers have shipped out guys like Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Markelle Fultz and
Landry Shamet in order to acquire Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. Philly is trying it’s best to put
themselves in a position to make a run at an NBA Championship, as they now have a big four to go up
against teams like Toronto and perhaps Golden State. They’ll need everyone to be healthy for the playoffs,
76ers Top Bulls
The Bulls acquired Otto Porter from the Washington Wizards for Bobby Portis, as they feel he can be their
small forward of the future. If the tandem of Markkanen and Carter can take advantage of the Embiid-less
76ers down low, then they have a chance at pulling off the upset at home. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on
Wednesday night. We are taking the Philadelphia 76ers -4.5.