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76ers visit Bulls in hoops battle

Philadelphia 76ersChicago Bulls
Feb 28, 8:00 PM | United Center

Philadelphia 76ers vs Chicago Bulls Odds

22-33TEAM RECORD32-25

United Center will feature Bulls vs. 76ers action on Thursday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

The 76ers will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 25-30 ATS against the number this season, while the Bulls are 24-33 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Philadelphia is 28-27 on the totals; Chicago is 24-33.

View Philadelphia vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Chicago opened as 8-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 182.5 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Bulls, currently No. 6 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the 76ers, who rate No. 23 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 94-89 victory for the Bulls.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 28-ranked offense, averaging 92.6 PPG, against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 7 at 95.8 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 43.7% so far, less than the 76ers shooters have achieved on the year, 44% per game.

Defensively, the 76ers feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.5 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 98-84 loser as they battled the Magic at home. The 76ers failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite, while 182 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The 76ers endured a 98-84 loss at the hands of the Magic on Tuesday, despite a 14-point effort from Damien Wilkins at Wells Fargo Center.

The Bulls were a 101-98 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (199) made winners of OVER bettors. Chicago got 27 points from Carlos Boozer en route to a 101-98 loss against Cleveland on Tuesday at United Center.

Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Golden State are 5-5
After playing Orlando are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing Brooklyn are 10-0
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few 76ers at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Golden State, Saturday, March 2
Chicago home to Brooklyn, Saturday, March 2