Sixers vs. Bulls Pick NBA – January 29th

I said I’d lay twenty on the warriors last night.  I could have laid 45.

It was never close, and despite the margin, it also never looked not-fun for the Warriors.  They exploded with joy and excitement with celebrations, 50-footers and an absolute avalanche of offense in overwhelming the overmatched and injury-crippled Clippers.

If you are scoring at home, the Warriors, despite the weird loss to the Heat on Deion Waiters’s buzzer beater (and by the way, if you ever find anyone who loves you half as much as Deion Waiters loves Deion Waiters, MARRY THEM), the Warriors are 11-1 and 15-2 in their last respective amount of games and that includes blowout wins over the Cavaliers, Thunder, Clippers and Rockets.  They are the best team in the NBA by a ridiculous margin right now.

Let’s see if we can grab another winner tonight.

Today’s Free Pick:

Philadelphia 76’ers at Chicago Bulls -6.5

It seems like everyone is feeling the Sixers these days and Trusting the Process except for Vegas.  Despite the Sixers stellar play over the last three weeks and the Bulls obvious issues, the Bulls are still a whopping six and a half point favorite at home.

Should they be?

The Bulls are one of the worst home favorites in the NBA this season at 7-12 ATS.  They are 1-5 ATS in their last six games and a mirroring 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.  Meanwhile, Philly is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games and an impressive 8-3 SU in their lst 11 games.  It is time to recognize, this is more than a cute story – the Sixers are a decent NBA team right now.

Chicago is always a somewhat frightening team to wager.  They have wider gaps between floor and ceiling than most NBA teams and often flirt with either without any real advance notice.  They have knocked off some really good teams and they have gotten embarrassed by some really mediocre ones.  So rather than playing the emotion today “Philly is the feel-good, Chicago is the “trainwreck” I’m playing the number.  Philly is GOOD ATS, Chicago is not and six and a half points is a pretty safe landing place.

Philly’s 8-3 mark includes two road wins at Milwaukee and home wins over Portland, LAC, and the Raptors, so the record isn’t a total mirage.  They aren’t a playoff threat, but they are a reasonable basketball team that continues to overperform against the number.

Free Pick:  Philadelphia 76’ers +6.5

Chris Scheeren / Author