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March 17, 8:00 PM | United Center

Philadelphia 76ers vs Chicago Bulls Odds

25-19TEAM RECORD36-10

The Bulls will hit the floor running against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

This season the Bulls are 36-10 overall and 26-19-1 ATS against the number, while the 76ers are 25-19 and 24-20 ATS. As for the totals, Chicago is 26-20 on the OU, and Philadelphia is 17-27.

View Philadelphia vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Bulls as 5.5-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 185.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 2-rated 76ers taking on the No. 1-rated Bulls in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 101-99 win for the Bulls on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 7-ranked offense (98.1 PPG) against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 1 at 87.8 PPG. The Bulls have averaged 46.1% from the field per game, more than the 76ers have managed so far this season (44.9% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the 76ers own the league's No. 4-rated mark, allowing 92.6 points per game when on the road. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 18 in home scoring.

Philadelphia was an 84-78 loser in its last match at home against the Heat. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 162 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Evan Turner scored 13 points in a failed effort to lead the 76ers to victory (they lost 84-78 to Miami at Wells Fargo Center on Friday).

Chicago was a 100-89 loser in its last match at home against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 189 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Chicago got 22 points and 14 rebounds from Carlos Boozer in a losing cause in a 100-89 loss to Portland on Friday at United Center.

Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Charlotte are 2-8
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Orlando are 7-3
After playing Portland are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1

A few 76ers at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Philadelphia's last 16 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Philadelphia's last 14 games
Chicago is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games
Chicago is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Chicago's last 16 games when playing Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia at Charlotte, Monday, March 19
Chicago at Orlando, Monday, March 19

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