Chicago Bulls (12-15) at Philadelphia 76ers (19-10)
- Time: 4:30 PST – 6:30 CST – 7:30 EST
- Place: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
- TV: ESPN
Chicago comes into Philadelphia at 5-5 in the last 10 games as the Bulls are improving already under first-year head coach Billy Donovan. Chicago is 7-6 on the road and 5-9 at home as the Bulls have risen to third in the NBA Central.
The 76ers ended a three-game losing streak with Wednesday night’s win over the Houston Rockets. Philadelphia is 6-4 in their last 10 game as they have won seven of their last eight at home.
Chicago – Otto Porter and Lauri Markkanen are out in definitely with a back and shoulder injury, respectively.
Philadelphia – Ben Simmons checks in as probable as he should be back from and illness. Shake Milton continues to be out indefinitely due to an ankle issue.
- Chicago checks in at 2-4 ATS in it’s last 6 games vs. Philadelphia
- The Bulls are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road game
- The UNDER has been the play in 6 of ChiTown’s last 8 vs. Eastern Conference foes
- The Sixers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philly’s last 5 games
- The total has gone over in 14 of the last 20 games between the Bulls and 76ers
Last Time Out:
Chicago defeated the Detroit Pistons, 105-102, behind 37 points from Zach LaVine as the Bulls and Pistons were scheduled to play the Hornets and Mavericks, respectively, but were rescheduled due to COVID-19 protocols within Charlotte and Dallas. Coby White and Patrick Williams hit a pair of late three-pointers to lift the Bulls as Wendell Carter, Jr., checked in with 18 points while White added 15.
Joel Embiid played through a painful back as he scored 31 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished nine assists as the 76ers got past Houston, 118-113. Seth Curry checked in with 25 points and Tobias Harris added 24 as Philly led by 29 and had to stave off the Rockets in the end.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Chicago Bulls||+8 (-109)||+280||O 229 (-110)|
|Philadelphia 76ers||-8 (-111)||-350||U 229 (-110)|
The Bulls’ three-point game has been a big reason that they have been able to surge into becoming competitive team already under coach Billy Donovan. Zach Levine (97) and Coby White (64) are at the forefront of the three-point game as they are the top two in makes. The 76ers allow 13 threes per game on average which is 16th in the NBA.
Key Bulls Stat:
LaVine is having a resurgence in his game under Donovan as he has turned into a clutch performer with 217 fourth quarter points. He has 78 clutch points, second to Damien Lillard’s 82. NBAstats.com states that the clutch is in the last five minutes of a game in a game that is five points or less.
First round pick Patrick Williams has had a good start to his career as he has started for the Bulls from day one and is one of six Bulls averaging double figures at 10.1 points per game while grabbing 4.6 boards and shooting 45.5 percent from the floor. Williams finished with 15 points in 29.5 minutes in Wednesday’s win against Detroit.
The obvious advantage for the 76ers is Joel Embiid in the middle, so the status of his injured back could play a big role in the outcome of this game. Philadelphia has made a staggering 31 of 58 two-point baskets this season and the 76ers get to the line more than any team in the league (27 FG attempts) and they make they are second in made free throws (21). Ben Simmons has been upgraded to probable (illness) as he shoots 56.2 percent from the field and gets to the basket and draws fouls.
Key 76ers Stat:
Philadelphia scored 32 points off 18 turnovers as the 76ers gathered 12 steals in the win over Houston. The Sixers are 11-1 when they accrue double digits in steals as the 12 games equate to the third largest number of games with double digits in steals in the NBA this season. As that is a key part of the Sixers’ defensive mantra, the team as only allows 89.5 field goal attempts on the season which is 22nd in the NBA.
Tobias Harris is the third member of the 76ers’ Big Three as he is second in scoring behind Embiid at 20.8 points per game and he is also second in made three-pointers (46). Harris changes matchups with his size and physicality plus he’s a relentless worker. The Bulls’ opponents have tended to assert the three as well, so Harris is going to get looks from distance along with leading three-point ace Danny Green (63-of-168).
Winner: 76ers 121, Bulls (+8) 116