Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 4/11/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (18-61) at Chicago Bulls (47-32)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and the Philadelphia 76ers collide tonight at the United Center.
The Chicago Bulls were able to arrest a two-game slide with an impressive 89-78 win over the Heat on Thursday. Pau Gasol led the team with 16 points while Taj Gibson and Aaron Brooks added 14 points each, but this win was all about defense and it was in the second half where the Bulls really flexed their muscle. As a team, the Heat got every shot they wanted in the first half and were allowed to roll to a 19-point lead, but the Bulls started the third quarter with a renewed sense of urgency and flipped the game on its head with a 33-8 third quarter. In the end, the Bulls were able to notch up one of their best wins of the season and improve to 47-22 overall which puts them in fourth place in the Eastern standings with just three games left to play.
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Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have lost nine of their last 10 games and will be looking to snap a seven-game losing streak after getting routed by the Wizards by 119-90 on Wednesday. Robert Covington had a big game of 27 points in just 24 minutes while Jason Richardson added 17 points off the bench, but the Sixers just couldn't stay with the Wizards who ended up shooting a ridiculous 65.3 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from the three-point line. Despite the massive loss, the Sixers have actually been very competitive in most of their losses lately which is rather surprising given the lack of talent on their roster.
In ATS trends, the Sixers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Under normal circumstances, the right play would be to take the surprisingly competitive Sixers to stay within single digits against the superior opponent, but the Bulls really need this to win to have a chance at stealing the third seed in the Eastern Conference which would set them up with a first round meeting against the struggling Bucks in the playoffs.