Check out our free Bulls vs 76ers pick and preview for this NBA game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Bulls vs 76ers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers
- Where: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
- Date: Friday, January 6th
- Betting Odds PHI -4.5, CHI +162 | PHI -198 O/U 228.5
So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 17-21, while going 19-19-0 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Chicago has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
Chicago is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Nets. With the 121-112 victory, they also covered the spread as 5 point underdogs. Chicago was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Nets to cut into their 10 point halftime lead. In the win, DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 40.0%.
The 76ers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 23-14. So far, the team has gone 21-15-1 against the spread. Against the Bulls, the 76ers are looking to add to their current 3 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 10.33.
Philadelphia is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Pacers. Going into the game, they were 5 point favorites against the spread. Their 129-126 victory was not enough to cover. Philadelphia went on to win the game, as they led by 5 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was James Harden, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 40.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Bulls saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the 76ers, averaging 104.25 points per game. While the Bulls struggled on offense in the series, the 76ers maintained their usual level of scoring at 114.25 vs Chicago. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the 76ers have an average scoring margin of +9 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 5-0. In these contests, they averaged a combined 219 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Bulls come into today’s game as the 14th ranked scoring offense at 114.5 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Bulls will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.5 made 3’s per game. If the Chicago offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 9th in fewest turnovers per game.
Currently, the Bulls defense is ranked 17th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.0 points per game vs the unit.
Small-Forward DeMar DeRozan currently leads the Bulls at 26.6 points per game. For the season, he is 27th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 21.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, DeRozan is averaging 5.2 boards and 4.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 9th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Zach LaVine enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 34 games, he is averaging 22.4 and is 97th in the league in player efficiency rating.
This season, the Philadelphia offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 112.6 points per game. One area that the Philadelphia offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 19.5 made free-throws per contest. If the 76ers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 98.0 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Defensively, the 76ers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.33 points per contest (8th).
Without Joel Embiid, Philadelphia will need Tobias Harris to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Chicago today. This season, Embiid leads the team in scoring with 33.5 points per game. Harris is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 16.5 points per game, which places him 79.0th in the NBA. In his 34 games, he has hit 49.4% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game.
Bulls vs 76ers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bulls +4.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 228.5
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