Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls - 3/19/14
Chicago Bulls (37-30) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-52)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls take the trip to the Wells Fargo Center tonight to battle the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Bulls have won 13 of their last 18 games but will be looking for a bounce-back win tonight after losing to the Thunder by 97-85 on Monday. Joakim Noah directed the offense with nine points, 12 rebounds and nine assists while Taj Gibson added 16 points off the bench, but the Bulls shot just 34 percent from the field which just wasn't good enough to hang with the Thunder who were led by Kevin Durant's 35 points. With the loss, Chicago falls to 37-30 on the season which leaves them one game behind Toronto for third place in the Eastern Conference.
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Meanwhile, the 76ers are coming off a franchise-record 21st straight loss but showed plenty of fight in their 99-90 loss to the Pacers on Monday. Thaddeus Young led the way with 23 points while Tony Wroten and Hollis Thompson added 17 points apiece, but while the 76ers showed plenty of fight to hold the Pacers to 38 percent shooting and 41 second-half points, little miscues down the stretch allowed the Pacers to make the big plays and take the game away from them. As bad as the 76ers have been this season, they still technically still have a chance to make the playoffs which goes to show how weak the Eastern Conference has been this season.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss, while the 76ers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss and 4-22 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Head to head, the Bulls are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Over is 9-4-1 in the last 14 meetings in Philadelphia.
Looking at the trends and at the form of these two teams, there's little to suggest that this should be anything less than a big win for the Bulls tonight, so that's where I'm going.