Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls Playoffs Prediction & Odds
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls
Playoffs Prediction & Odds
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The top-seeded Chicago Bulls (50-16 SU, 38-27-1 ATS, 31-34-1 O/U) won two of three regular season meetings against the Philadelphia 76ers (35-31 SU, 33-32-1 ATS, 30-36 O/U) while covering the spread in each of the last two meetings, but Philly reserve guard Evan Turner was right when he said the other day that Chicago is a much better matchup for the Sixers than the Miami Heat.
The 76ers have won three of the L/5 games against the Bulls but will still face a tall task in beating a Bulls team that has plans on reaching the NBA Finals at the very least.
Both teams will hit the postseason playing solid basketball with Chicago winning its final three regular season games and four of its L/5 overall while Philadelphia won four straight before dropping its regular season finale on Thursday.
Chicago missed reigning MVP Derrick Rose for 27 games this season as the lightning-quick floor leader battled a lingering groin injury for weeks. However, several Bulls players stepped up in his absence, most notably, veteran guards C.J. Watson and John Lucas III.
Philadelphia averaged 93.6 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting as a team while playing stellar defense mostly all season in allowing a paltry 89.4 points per game defensively. Chicago averaged 96.3 points per contest while limiting their opponents to just 88.2 points per contest.
The Sixers recorded nearly identical ATS marks at home (17-16) and on the road (16-16-1) and had a stellar five players average double figures in scoring this season, led by reserve guard Lou Williams’ 14.9 ppg.
Chicago went 17-15-1 ATS at home this season and an even more impressive 21-12 ATS on the road while getting 21.8 points per game from Derrick Rose while four other players also scored in double figures for the Bulls.
Here is a look at the key ATS and O/U trends for both ballclubs this season.
76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
76ers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 playoff games as an underdog.
76ers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Over is 5-0 in 76ers last 5 games following a S.U. loss.
Over is 6-1 in 76ers last 7 overall.
Over is 5-1 in 76ers last 6 road games.
Over is 5-1 in 76ers last 6 vs. NBA Central.
Under is 7-2 in 76ers last 9 playoff games as an underdog.
Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
Bulls are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Bulls are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference.
Under is 6-0 in Bulls last six games overall.
Under is 5-0 in Bulls last 5 home games.
Under is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 playoff games as a favorite.
Key head-to-head trends
Over is 12-4-1 in the last 17 meetings.