The Philadelphia 76ers (22-9) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (14-19) on Saturday, December 30th. This game will be played at United Center. The 76ers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bulls are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Rockets. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
76ers vs Bulls
The 76ers Are Coming Off A Win
The 76ers clinched a 131-127 win over the Rockets in their previous game. The 76ers not only won the game but also covered the spread as -1-point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 224 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
With an overall record of 22-9, the 76ers are looking to build on their two game winning streak. When playing on the road, the 76ers are 10-5 compared to a home record of 12-4.
In terms of the spread, Philadelphia currently holds an ATS record of 23-8, which is above .500. Philadelphia has covered the spread in two consecutive home games, while maintaining an ATS record of 12-4 at home as opposed to 11-4 on the road.
The Bulls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their latest game against the Pacers, Patrick Williams was the top scorer for the Bulls’ offense, scoring 22 points and shooting 9/14 from the field. DeMar DeRozan put up 21 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Chicago ended up losing the game with a final score of 120-104.
So far this season, the Bulls have gone 14-19 overall and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. At home, the Bulls have gone 10-9 compared to their road record of 4-10.
Presently, Chicago boasts an ATS record of 17-16, which is above .500 against the spread. Chicago has covered the spread in five consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 7-7 on the road as opposed to 10-9 at home.
76ers Offense Breakdown
The Philadelphia offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 3rd ranked offense at 121.9 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the 76ers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.1 per contest. However, they have been able to make up for this slow style of place by scoring with a high rate of efficiency. This season, they are ranked 8th in made field goals per game.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
Chicago has recorded an average of 110 points per game (27th) throughout 33 games games. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bulls are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 96.3 per contest. Right now, the Bulls offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 28th in effective field goal percentage.
76ers Team Defense
This season, the 76ers’ defense is the 6th ranked defense in the NBA at 6th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 58.1% of their games. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the 76ers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 53.3% while allowing 34.5% from downtown.
Bulls Team Defense
The Bulls’ defense is presently ranked 10th in the league, allowing an average of 112.6 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Bulls are causing 11.3 turnovers per game, ranking 1st in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 20th in rejections, averaging 4.7 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The 76ers And Bulls
In today’s game, our projections have Tyrese Maxey leading the 76ers with 25 points on 9/18 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 26.3 points per game, along with 3.9 rebounds.
On the other side, Coby White is our projected leading scorer for the Bulls. We have him ending the game with a team-high 23 and grabbing 6 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 44.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 17.6 points per game.
76ers vs Bulls Trends
- Although Philadelphia has a straight up record of 6-4 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 7-3. The team averaged 121 points per game in these games.
- The Bulls are 3-0 ATS in their last three home games and 2-1 straight-up.
- As the betting underdog, the 76ers have an ATS mark of just 5-5 in their last ten games. Philadelphia posted a straight up mark of 3-7 in these matchups.
- As the betting favorite, the Bulls have an ATS record of 3-2 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 3-2.
Coming in as the underdogs at +1.5, we have the 76ers as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 223.5, and our model projects the 76ers and Bulls to reach a combined total of 222 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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