The scuffling Chicago Bulls will battle the reeling Philadelphia 76ers tonight in an Eastern Conference clash at the United Center. Start time in tonight’s meeting between the Sixers and Bulls is set for 8:00pm ET on TNT. According to the latest NBA Odds, Chicago can expect a win as it is favored at -7 against the spread and -300 on the moneyline ($300 wins $100). Tonight’s game total is set at 178.5 points while the Sixers are drawing +250 odds to win their 23rd game of the season.
The Bulls remain seven games above the break even point, but if they continue on their current course, the .500 mark will arrive sooner rather than later.
Chicago, which trails the first place Pacers by four games, has lost seven of its last 10 games, and it suffered the unthinkable on Tuesday night. Cleveland, a team the Bulls had defeated 11 straight times, earned a 101-98 win at the United Center, and it did it without its star player, point guard Kyrie Irving.
Fortunately for the Bulls, the cure to what ails them is, in all probability, wafting into the United Center tonight in the form of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sixers, at 22-33, have a better record than a number of teams; however, few teams are playing as bad as Doug Collins’ crew at this juncture. Philadelphia lost its sixth straight game on Tuesday night as it fell to the Magic, who are generally regarded as the association’s worst squad, 98-84 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Collins post game criticism of his team may spark a better effort tonight, but it may not matter as they face a more talented Bulls team ready to make amends for the aforementioned loss to the 20-38 Cavaliers.
Notable Trends: The Sixers, who are 1-6 in their last seven games at the United Center, are 0-10 straight up and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games as road dog with a spread between 4 and 7.5 points.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Chicago Bulls NBA Odds:
Philadelphia 76ers +7 (-110), Over 178.5 (-110), +250 (Moneyline)
Chicago Bulls -7 (-110), Under 178.5 (-110), -300 (Moneyline)
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