Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls - 11/2/13
Chicago Bulls (1-1) at Philadelphia 76ers (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +8.5 -- Over/Under: 193 See the Latest Odds
The surprising Philadelphia 76ers look to remain unbeaten as they host Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
Head to head, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The 76ers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games, but just 8-25 ATS in their last 33 games playing on 0 days rest. The Bulls on the other hand are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
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Apparently the Philadelphia76ers didn’t get the memo that they were supposed to be the worst team in the league this season. Instead, they improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2006-07 after taking down the Washington Wizards 109-102 on Friday night. Just two days after shocking the Miami Heat in their season opener, the 76ers used a big second half run to take down the heavily favoured Wizards, outscoring the home team by 17 points in the second half. The foursome of Thad Young, Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and rookie Michael Carter-Williams have led the way for this young Philly squad in its first two games, one that was projected to win around 16-17 games this season.
Thanks to some Derrick Rose heroics, the Chicago Bulls managed to register their first win of the season as they held off the visiting New York Knicks 82-81 on Thursday night. Rose, who was a game-time decision for Chicago's home opener due to a sore neck, looked rusty for the second-straight game, shooting just 7-23 and committing four turnovers. However, one of those seven field goals was the most important of the game as he hit a floater over Tyson Chandler’s extended arms to put the Bulls up by one with just under five seconds remaining, giving his team the win.
I don’t think anyone expected this from the 76ers, anyone. If you didn’t know anything about basketball and watched these first handful of games, you would swear that they were a playoff team. Chicago on the other hand has looked pretty rusty, especially Rose, who has forced things quite a bit and turned the ball over nine times already in just two games.
Philly could actually be half decent, but I still like Chicago in this one. Don’t ask me why, just a gut feeling. I would stay away from this one personally though..
Dan's Pick: Chicago -8.5