The Philadelphia 76ers visit the Chicago Bulls in a top-tier Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday afternoon. The 76ers are 31-21 overall and 17-10 in road games this season. Philadelphia faces an intriguing test against a potential playoff opponent in the Bulls, with Chicago posting a 33-19 overall record and a 19-6 mark at home. Zach LaVine (back) and Coby White (groin) are listed as questionable for the Bulls, with Alex Caruso (wrist), Lonzo Ball (knee), Derrick Jones Jr. (finger) and Patrick Williams (wrist) ruled out. Matisse Thybulle (shoulder) and Furkan Korkmaz (knee) are listed as questionable for the 76ers, with Ben Simmons (personal) and Shake Milton (back) ruled out.
Tip-off is at 3.30 p.m. ET. The 76ers are listed as two-point road favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 222 in the latest 76ers vs. Bulls odds. Before you make any Bulls vs. 76ers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on 76ers vs. Bulls, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Bulls vs. 76ers:
- 76ers vs. Bulls spread: 76ers -2
- 76ers vs. Bulls over-under: 222 points
- 76ers vs. Bulls money line: 76ers -130, Bulls +110
- PHI: The 76ers are 16-11 against the spread in road games
- CHI: The Bulls are 17-8 against the spread in home games
Featured Game | Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Why the 76ers can cover
Philadelphia is above-average on both ends of the floor, out-scoring opponents by more than two points per 100 possessions this season. The 76ers are No. 2 in the NBA in ball security, committing only 12.5 turnovers per game, and Philadelphia is shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from 3-point range. The 76ers are elite at the free throw line, making 80.9 percent of attempts, and Philadelphia produces 21.7 attempts per game at the charity stripe.
On defense, the 76ers are holding opponents to 34.1 percent shooting from 3-point range, and the Bulls struggle on the offensive glass. Chicago is No. 29 in the NBA in offensive rebound rate and No. 28 in the NBA in second-chance points per game. From there, Philadelphia is above-average in preventing assists, blocking shots, generating steals and preventing free throws this season.
Why the Bulls can cover
Chicago’s excellence this season has been buoyed by offense. The Bulls are in the top five of the NBA in offensive efficiency and shooting efficiency, with a strong, balanced attack that is difficult for any opponent to defend. With that said, Chicago also has a path to success on defense against Philadelphia in this matchup. The Bulls rank in the top 10 of the NBA in second-chance points, giving up only 12.7 per game. Chicago is also in the top 10 in 3-pointers allowed, with opponents making only 11.8 triples per game against the Bulls.
The Bulls are above-average in free throw prevention, giving up only 20.7 attempts per game, and Philadelphia’s offense has glaring weaknesses. The 76ers are dead-last in the NBA in offensive rebound rate and No. 26 in the NBA in second-chance points. Philadelphia is also No. 28 in the league in three-pointers per game, allowing Chicago to be strategic in its approach to slowing the 76ers.
How to make Bulls vs. 76ers picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 223 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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