Making on a bet on this NBA game featuring the 76ers versus the Bulls? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on NBCS. The game will be played at United Center in Chicago, IL. The odds for this Eastern conference game currently have the Bulls as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 223.5 points.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS VS CHICAGO BULLS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Philadelphia 76ers +1.5
This game will be played at United Center at 8:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.
WHY BET THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 111-110 in favor of the 76ers.
- Our projections have Tyrese Maxey finishing with Tyrese Maxey points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists.
- From the field, we have the 76ers finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.8% and knocking down 14 threes.
Will Philadelphia Make it Happen on the Road?
As the 76ers get ready to take on the Bulls, they are the slight 1.5-point underdogs on the road. Before this game, Philadelphia is 2nd in the Eastern Conference on a record of 22-9. They are coming off a win over the Rockets by a score of 131-127.
So far, the 76ers have been the favorite in 24 of their 31 games and have gone 20-4 straight up in those games. When playing on the road, Philadelphia has an average scoring margin of +7.7 points per game and have a road record of 10-5 this season.
When looking at the team’s betting performance, they have an ATS record of 23-8 this season. On the road, the 76ers have covered the spread in two straight games and have an average road ATS record of 11-4.
Their over/under record coming into today’s game is 20-11, and 233.1 has been the average point total in their games. In today’s over/under line of 223.5, their previous over/under record in games with lower lines is 4-3.
The 76ers offense is 3rd in scoring at 121.9 points per game this season. In 71.0% of their games, they have outscored their opponent’s defensive average. Tyrese Maxey scored 42 points and Tobias Harris added 22 points in the 76ers’ most recent game vs. the Rockets.
In the current season, the 76ers defense has excelled, sitting 6th in the NBA by allowing 111.1 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the 76ers are forcing 12 per game, which is 5th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 7th in blocked shots at 6 per game.
Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Chicago?
Heading into today’s game against the 76ers, the Bulls are 1.5-point favorites at home. If they are able to pull out the win, they will also move to .500 on the season, as they currently sit at 14-19.
When looking at the Eastern Conference standings, the Bulls are in 10th place and sit 4th in the Central Division. Against other teams in the East, Chicago has gone 9-13 compared to 5-6 in non-conference games.
So far this season, the Bulls have been the favorite in 12 of their 33 games and have gone 6-6 straight up in those games. At home, Chicago has a scoring margin of +0.6 PPG and have gone 10-9 on their home court.
The team’s average scoring differential for the season is -6.9 PPG on the road, but they have been able to outperform the spread in five straight road games. Chicago’s overall ATS record for the season is 17-16.
When looking at their over/under performance, the under has hit in four straight games for Chicago. Their games have averaged just 222.7 PPG, and their average over/under line coming into today’s game is 221.6.
In their last game, the Bulls only managed to score 104 points against the Pacers. They shot 41.2% from the field and went 7/27 from beyond the arc. DeMar DeRozan is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 22.3 PPG. Coby White is also averaging 17.6 PPG heading into today’s game.
Currently, the Bulls’ defense holds the 10th rank in the NBA, allowing 112.6 points per game. The Chicago defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.9% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.2% of their field goal attempts vs. Chicago.