Bulls vs. 76ers NBA Preview

Wendell Carter Jr. Chicago Bulls

Wendell Carter Jr. #34 of the Chicago Bulls passes the ball. Photo by JONATHAN DANIEL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Friday, February 19, 2021 – 07:30 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center

 

The Chicago Bulls enter this contest with the Philadelphia 76ers as the hotter team at the moment. Will the Bulls hot shooting continue, or will the Sixers get some home cooking to get back on the right side of things as we head towards the All-Star break in the NBA season?

 

Can Philadelphia Play Consistent Defense?

The Sixers are a tricky bunch to figure out at the moment. They are clearly a very good, very talented team. The addition of Doc Rivers as their Head Coach has been a good one, and has them playing with more consistency than in years past. However, there are still those issues that pop up from time to time.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are missing games due to nagging injuries or rest. And the defensive lapses are still there. We saw that on this most recent road trip out west. Philly lost outright to the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers. In those games they surrendered between 118 and 134 points. That is simply too many points to win consistently in the NBA. Even upon their return home on Wednesday evening against the Houston Rockets, they gave up 113 points to a short-handed Rockets team.

The Sixers can score, we know that, especially when their full squad is on the floor. However, if they truly have Championship aspirations, the defense has to become more consistent. The effort and pressure has to be there night in and night out. I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but can you imagine what this team would look like if they played with the defensive intensity of the New York Knicks?

The Sixers are an interesting team when it comes to sports betting. According to Oddstrader, they are the sixth choice currently to win the 2021 NBA championship.

 

Can The Bulls Continue To Be a Cover Machine?

The Chicago Bulls are a very young team still in a rebuild, but they are not a boring team. They are 12-15 on the season, but the Baby Bulls are 15-11-1 ATS this year. The Bulls not only have been covering games, but lately, they’ve been getting better at winning them as well. To that end, they are 3-2 in their last five and 5-5 in the last ten games.

The Bulls are a fun team to watch because they have a bunch of guys who can shoot the ball particularly well. Chicago is not a team that’s ever really beyond the reach of clawing back into a game, because of that shooting. Additionally, the Bulls are a team that plays hard. They’re young, still trying to establish themselves and lack a true superstar, so everyone on this team is trying to show that they belong, that they can be a legitimate player in the league for years to come.

They are an interesting mix of youth, talent and hunger. It makes them a fun to watch and a more fun team to wager on this season. Head Coach Billy Donovan has done a great job, similar to the one he did last season in Oklahoma City, except he doesn’t have the benefit of Chris Paul in Chicago this year.

Betting Analysis:

I’m looking forward to this game, and I think it provides us with an excellent betting opportunity. The Sixers are a much better home team than road team. They are 12-2 SU this season in Philly, while the Bulls are 7-6 as visitors. However, the Chicago Bulls are 10-3 ATS on the road, while Philly is only 9-5 ATS at home. This number is too big for a Bulls team that can get hot with so many different shooters. With a number like this on the table I want the Bulls.

NBA Pick: Chicago Bulls +9 (-110) at BetMGM

 

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