Bulls vs. 76ers Prediction
Can the Philadelphia 76ers cover a big spread at home when they host the Chicago Bulls tonight at 7PM ET?
531 Chicago Bulls vs. 532 Philadelphia 76ers
Friday, January 17, 2020
7PM ET – Wells Fargo Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the 76ers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -7.5 points against the Bulls. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216 points. The public betting currently has 83 percent going on the 76ers as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Bulls trying to heat up
Chicago has won two of its last three games, besting the Wizards on Wednesday 115-106. The Bulls come into this game 15-27 on the season, 7-13 on the road, 20-21-1 against the spread and 22-20 with the under.
The Bulls have struggled on offense this year, averaging 106 points per game while shooting 43.6 percent as a team. Defensively, Chicago is giving up just 107.7 points per game while opponents shoot 46.1 percent against them. The Bulls are without center Wendell Carter Jr. due to an ankle injury. He averages 11.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Zach LaVine is leading the team with 24.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest.
Philly tough at home
The 76ers are coming off a 117-106 win at home over the Brooklyn Nets. Philly is now 26-16 on the season, 19-2 at home, 17-21-4 against the spread and 21-20-1 with the under.
Philadelphia is allowing just 105.7 points per game on defense this season while opponents shoot 45.5 percent from the field. Offensively, Philly is putting up 109.1 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor. The 76ers are still without Joel Embiid, who is dealing with a hand injury that has him out until at least late January. Tobias Harris is leading the team right now with 19.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. Ben Simmons is adding 15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 8.4 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Bulls are 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five road games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on 1 day of rest.
The 76ers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, but 0-4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games.
These two have yet to meet this season. The Bulls have managed some wins lately, but those were against really poor teams. Against strong teams, Chicago hasn’t been very competitive. The 76ers have had some offensive lulls as of late, but most have come on the road. Their recent home games have been wins of 7 points or more over Brooklyn, Boston, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee. Even without Embiid, the 76ers have the depth to pick up a win and cover over the Bulls.
NBA Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5