Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 3/22/14
Philadelphia 76ers (15-53) at Chicago Bulls (38-30)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -16.5 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers will hope to snap a 23-game losing streak Saturday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls. This is the fourth and final meeting between these teams this season, and the Bulls lead the series 2-1.
It’s the same song and dance for Philadelphia over the last couple of months. The 76ers are by far one of the worst teams in NBA history, and they’re not even good at covering the number. On the season, Philadelphia averages 99.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allows 110.5 points on 47 percent shooting. One of the few bright spots for the 76ers recently has been Thaddeus Young, who has scored at least 20 points in five straight games. The 76ers are 26-42 ATS overall and 16-16 ATS on the road.
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The Bulls are coming off a 91-76 road loss to the Indiana Pacers. It’s the Bulls second loss in their last five games. On the season, Chicago averages 93.4 points on 43 percent shooting and allows 92.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting. The Bulls have held 12 of their last 13 opponents under 100 points, and Joakim Noah has grabbed double-digit rebounds in five straight games. The Chicago Bulls are 34-34 ATS overall and 17-17 ATS at home.
The 76ers are 17-36 ATS in their last 53 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I know we've seen bigger spreads that the 76ers haven't been able to cover, but come on. Are the Bulls really capable of beating a team by 17? This is the biggest number Chicago has been favored by all season, and the Bulls are only 1-2 ATS when favored by double digits.
I would stay away from this game, but if you insist you have to take the points.