Planning on watching today’s Bulls and 76ers game? Catch the action at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, as the 76ers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on NBCS. The over/under for this Eastern conference contest is set at 224.5 points, with the 76ers being the favored team playing at home against the Bulls.
CHICAGO BULLS VS PHILADELPHIA 76ERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Chicago Bulls +10.5
This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.
WHY BET THE CHICAGO BULLS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-110 in favor of the 76ers.
- Our projections have Joel Embiid finishing with Joel Embiid points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the 76ers finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.6% and knocking down 14 threes.
Will the Bulls Pull Through as the Away Underdog?
The Chicago Bulls head into today’s game vs. the 76ers with an overall record of 15-19, which has them 10th in the Eastern Conference. Against other teams in the East, the Bulls have gone 10-13 compared to 5-6 in non-conference matchups.
Chicago has really struggled on the road this season, going just 4-10 for the 13th-most road wins in the East. When playing on the road, the Bulls have an average scoring margin of -6.9 points per game and have gone 7-7 ATS on the road this season.
For the season, the Bulls have been the underdog in 21 of their 34 games and have a record of 12-9 against the spread in those games. Today, they come in as the 10.5-point underdogs.
Their over/under record in previous games with lines higher than 224.5 is 2-7, but 25 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line. Their average over/under line for the season is 221.7 points, and their average game has finished with 221.9 points.
In their most recent game, the Bulls scored only 105 points against the 76ers. In that game, they made 7 of their 25 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 50.6%. Overall this season, the Bulls have a field goal percentage of 45%, which puts them 27th in the national rankings. In terms of three-pointers, they are 20th in percentage and 23rd in three-pointers made.
This season, the Bulls defense has been impressive, holding the 9th position in the league while permitting an average of 112.0 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Bulls defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.5% and 36.5% from three-point territory.
Will the 76ers Find a Way to Win at Home?
As the 76ers get ready to take on the Bulls, they are sitting in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has an overall record of 22-10 and will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak.
Coming into the game, the 76ers are 10.5-point favorites over Chicago. If they are able to win and cover, it will be their 3rd straight ATS victory as they are currently 12-4 ATS at home this season.
Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers have gone 16-8 compared to 6-2 in non-conference games. When playing at home, Philadelphia is outscoring teams by an average of 13.8 points per game, and their straight-up record at home is 12-4.
So far, the 76ers have an over/under record of 20-12 for the season. In their recent games with lower over/under lines than today’s line of 224.5, the average over/under record is 6-4. Today’s over/under line of 224.5 is slightly below their average over/under line of 229.3.
In their most recent game, the 76ers struggled to score the ball. They only put up 92 points and shot 39.1% from the field, well below their season average of 121 points per game. Leading the way for the 76ers was Tyrese Maxey, who scored 20 points. Tobias Harris also chipped in with 15 points.
For the season, Philadelphia is sitting 6th in terms of points allowed per game (110.9). It is worth noting they have given up a fewer number of points in two straight games. On two point field goal attempts, the 76ers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.6% and allowing 34.3% from beyond the arc.