Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/17/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers

Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Wells Fargo Center)

PHI -7.5 TOTAL 216

TV: ESPN

The Chicago Bulls go to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. The Chicago Bulls are coming off of a win over the Washington Wizards. The Chicago Bulls have only won two of their last three games though. 

The Chicago Bulls are 15-27 on the season and are one of the worst teams in the NBA. Not much was expected out of the Chicago Bulls, and they haven't produced all that much. The Chicago Bulls have a terrific defense as they are tenth in points allowed per game, but the Chicago Bulls cannot generate much offense as they only average 106 points per game, which is 25th in the NBA at the moment.

The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off of a win over the Brooklyn Nets, which saw Kyrie Irving have controversial comments about the Nets team after the game. The win snapped a two-game losing streak the Sixers were on, but the Sixers have still won three of their last five games.

The Philadelphia 76ers are 26-16 on the season but have been virtually unstoppable at home, having a home record of 19-2. The Sixers will continue not to have Joel Embiid in this game, as they're still not a timetable of when he will return to the court. The 76ers have been one of the best teams defensively this season, but need to do something about their spacing and shooting if they want to contend as one of the best teams in the league. 

Chicago is 20-21-1 ATS this season
Bulls are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Philadelphia is 17-21-4 ATS this season
76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.

Without Joel Embiid, this game becomes much closer. Throughout game-by-game, the Philadelphia 76ers have looked great without Embiid, and horrible without Embiid. This game will come down to which Philadelphia 76ers team shows up. However, I think because the Chicago Bulls are not a big test for the Philadelphia 76ers, and I think the likes of Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris will have terrific nights, and the Philadelphia 76ers will continue their terrific run at their home arena in this one. Final Score Prediction, Philadelphia 76ers win 128-114.
 

Joshua’s Pick Philadelphia -7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.