Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls - 11/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (4-1) at Philadelphia 76ers (0-5)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +10.5 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, CSNP
The Chicago Bulls look to take care of business against the 0-5 Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The Chicago Bulls are 4-1 to start the year but the health of point guard Derrick Rose is seemingly perpetually questionable as the star appears unlikely to play in this contest with aggravation in his ankles. The Bulls could also be missing emotional leader Joakim Noah for this game after the star center has been sidelined for the previous two games with the flu. Luckily for the Bulls they have a starting-caliber replacement for Noah on the bench in Taj Gibson, who can easily fill in and complement the efforts of Pau Gasol who is fitting in seamlessly since coming over from the Lakers in the offseason. In the backcourt Jimmy Butler should provide plenty of scoring punch against the Sixers pedestrian defense and Aaron Brooks could very well press in this spot to make a case for increased minutes over veteran Kirk Hinrich.
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The Philadelphia 76ers were one of the most pathetic lottery stories in NBA history last season and they don’t appear to be too keen on putting out a respectable product this season. You can’t blame the players, they’re clearly trying to win, but the roster just doesn’t have enough quality and to make matters worse the chemistry is lacking with so many inexperienced players. Center Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky is probably the biggest draw for fans right now, but he isn’t slated to suit up for this contest after undergoing an MRI for an ankle injury. The Sixers are also without former rookie standout Michael Carter-Williams, leaving point duties up to Tony Wroten who can definitely fill the hoop but is a turnover nightmare against a defensive-minded club like the Bulls. Brandon Davies looks promising at PF in his second year out of BYU, but he will certainly be tested on the defensive end here and I wouldn’t expect great help defense out of Philly on the interior.
The Bulls are a hefty road favorite here but home court really doesn’t factor in too much for a team like the Sixers when the fan base doesn’t have much to get excited about. I’m going to bank on Joakim Noah suiting up and the Bulls taking care of business given how well-coached and methodical they are.