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(14-14) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls (8-20)
Date: Monday, December 18
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, IL.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Philadelphia -145 / Chicago +125
NBA Betting Odds: Philadelphia -2
NBA Betting Total: 209.5
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The 76ers have been off since Friday night’s triple overtime loss to the Thunder. Joel Embiid played a career-high 48 minutes in that game, which had everybody in Philadelphia in a tizzy afterwards.
He won’t play in this game in Chicago because he has had some pain in his back since that long Friday night.
The Sixers also play again on Tuesday and since he still isn’t cleared to play in back-to-backs, he will just sit out the first of the two games and re-evaluate where he’s at for Tuesday.
Trevor Booker, the guy Philly got back for Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas, also hurt himself in Friday’s game and will sit out on Monday.
Despite the short-handedness, Philadelphia remains a road favorite against a hot Chicago team.
Ben Simmons, JJ Reddick and Robert Covington will be expected to shoulder the load before packing up and coming back home for a game with the Kings on Tuesday.
Chris Paul’s undefeated run with the Rockets has been more talked about but the Bulls haven’t lost a game since Nikola Mirotic made his much-anticipated debut after recovering from Bobby Portis’ sucker punch and remaining with the team after initially demanding a trade.
Mirotic is getting 20 a game during Chicago’s five-game winning streak that started with his return. He’s shooting 50 percent from three and even better from two.
It feels like the 26-year-old from Yugoslavia has been around for a long time now but he’s still young and really one of the best shooters in the game. The Bulls won’t remain unstoppable with him but it can’t be denied that he adds another dimension to this offense.
Chicago’s run could get to seven with this game and another home tilt with Orlando afterward. Then the going gets tough: at Cleveland, at Boston and at Milwaukee.
NBA Betting Trends:
- PHI are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 vs. NBA Central.
- Over is 12-5 in PHI last 17 road games.
- PHI are 21-9-1 ATS in their last 31 road games.
- CHI are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Mon. games.
- Under is 35-17 in CHI last 52 home games.
- Head to Head: Over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction: the Bulls make it six.
This game is winnable with Embiid out. I’ll roll with Chicago.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Chicago +2
NBA Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 105 – Chicago 109
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