The first round of the NBA Playoffs continues on Sunday as the Chicago Bulls travel to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 of their series. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 pm start time and it will be televised live on ABC. Currently the odds have Philadelphia favored by 2.5 points with the total sitting at 173.5 points for the contest.
Free Analysis: After dropping two straight games, the Bulls will try to regroup again and tie up their first-round series in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. It is quickly becoming clear that the Chicago Bulls may not have enough offense to advance in the playoffs without Derrick Rose. The Bulls fell apart in the fourth quarter on Friday, getting outscored 28-14 in the period en route to a 79-74 loss. The Bulls went 2 for 18 from the floor and missed all four of their free throw attempts in the final 9:33 on Friday, squandering a 14-point lead. Bulls SF Luol Deng is just 5-for-19 FG in the past two games as he was a complete non-factor on the offensive end on Friday with five points in 37 minutes. PF Carlos Boozer was the team’s best offensive player in Game 3 with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but he posted a -13 rating and committed a game-high five turnovers. The backcourt trio of SG Richard Hamilton, PG C.J. Watson and PG John Lucas combined to make just 8-of-31 FG on Friday, but they did contribute in other ways with 14 assists and just five turnovers. The 76ers closed out Friday’s Game 3 on a 26-7 run to grab the 2-1 series lead. They held the Bulls to 74 points on 37% FG and won Friday’s game despite making just 34% FG and 1-of-14 threes. Philly is now 20-14 (18-16 ATS) at home, allowing just 85.4 PPG on 41.4% FG. C Spencer Hawes was the star in Game 3 with 21 points (10 in the fourth quarter) and nine rebounds. The 7-footer could have another big game against the smaller Chicago front court. Three other 76ers scored at least 14 points on Friday, all three main guards. PG Jrue Holiday had 17 points, six assists and six rebounds to continue his marvelous series. In the three games, he’s averaging 19.7 PPG (54% FG, 4-of-9 threes), 5.0 RPG and 4.7 APG. Backup PG Lou Williams, who was the team’s leading scorer during the regular season, tallied 14 points, giving him 17.0 PPG in his past two games. SG Evan Turner, who took a lot of heat for saying Philly matched up with Chicago better than Miami in the playoffs, has backed up his words with 15.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 4.0 APG in the series. The Favorite is 4-1 ATS the last 5 in the series.
Free Pick: Im going to look to the Under in this one. It is clearly obvious that the Bulls are having problem scoring without Rose and I feel that will continue tonight. Chicago Put up 74 points in the last game and seeing a team put up low point totals is nothing new for the Sixers, especially in this building where they have allowed just 85.4 ppg on the year. Not only did Philly allow 74 in their last game vs the Bulls, but in their last 6 quarters vs Chicago they have allowed just 111 total points (18.5 pp quarter). Now that's playing some defense. With their lack of scoring the Bulls will have to to turn to their defense, as they did in game 3, where they allowed just 79 points. Philly is not a good offensive team and should be held in check here, by a desperate Chicago team that does not want to go down 3-1 in the series. Look for both teams to play excellent defense here as this one stays in the 160's.
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