Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 1/18/14
Philadelphia 76ers (13-26) at Chicago Bulls (18-20)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -7.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls look to continue their dominance over the Philadelphia 76ers when they meet tonight at the United Center.
The Bulls have won six of their last eight but will be looking to rebound from a tough 96-93 loss to the Wizards last night. Kirk Hinrich led the way with 18 points while DJ Augustin added 16, but the Bulls missed a key opportunity to send the game to overtime when Jimmy Butler unexpectedly caught the inbounds pass and had his desperate game-tying shot blocked by Nene with time expiring. With the loss, Chicago drop to 18-20 overall and 7-12 on the road where they had won four straight before their loss last night.
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Meanwhile, the 76ers have lost five of their last six and are coming off a big 101-86 loss to the Heat. Tony Wroten led the way with 13 points off the bench while Spencer Hawes had a double double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, but shooting just two of 20 from the three point line and committing 23 turnovers will never get it done against a team as good as the Heat. With the loss, Philadelphia fall to 13-26 overall and 8-12 at home where they've lost four of their last five.
In ATS trends, the 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
At first glance, I thought the Bulls were favored by two or three points too many, but after careful consideration it looks like the Bulls are decent odds to win and cover at home, especially coming off a loss.