Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 10, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Wells Fargo Center
The Line: Philadelphia -9
The Chicago Bulls look to cap off their season with a win against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.
The Chicago Bulls will be hoping to cap off a forgettable season with a win, but they’ve been in a slump as they’ve now lost 12 of their last 14 games after last night’s 96-86 home loss to the Knicks. Ryan Arcidiacono led the team with 14 points, Shaquille Harrison added 13 points while Robin Lopez chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Bulls shot just 36 percent from the field and seven of 22 from the 3-point line, but they were always fighting an uphill battle after a slow start saw them trailing by 15 points in the first quarter. With the tough loss, Chicago fell to 22-59 overall and 9-32 at home.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have been below their best lately as they’ve lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to bounce back from last night’s 122-99 road loss at the hands of the Heat. Greg Monroe led the team in scoring with 18 points off the bench, Ben Simmons added 16 points while Jonathan Simmons chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the 76ers shot just 40 percent from the field and a miserly five of 25 from the 3-point line as they were comprehensively outplayed by the motivated Heat who were determined to send Dwyane Wade out a winner in his last home game. The 76ers fell behind by 34-20 after the first quarter and had no relief until they rested their starters in the fourth quarter. With the loss, Philadelphia fell to 50-31 overall and 20-21 on the road which is good for the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days rest, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Philadelphia, the over is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings overall and the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
The Bulls struggled when they were healthy and they’ve been hard to watch ever since Zach LaVine went down, so it’s hard to back them, especially as they come into this one fresh off a loss to the lowly Knicks. The 76ers haven’t been world beaters themselves, but they’re looking to get ready for the playoffs so they will see this as a final opportunity to tune up their game. It’s never a good idea to bet on these games that have little meaning, but it’s getting harder to remember who starts for the Bulls now, so I’m sticking with the 76ers to bounce back with a big win and cover at home.