Having played to five straight UNDER results for totals bettors at the sportsbooks, the Chicago Bulls and the Philadelphia 76ers will meet once again on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Chicago got past Philadelphia by a score of 93-88 in their December 1 matchup, but they didn't manage to cover the 6.5-point spread at home in that UNDER result. Overall the teams have split their last 10 meetings at 5-5 ATS with the UNDER on that 5-0 run.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The 76ers currently sports a record of 12-9, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 11-10 ATS. The Bulls are 11-9 and 7-13 ATS. Betting totals have seen the 76ers post a 12-9 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Bulls have gone 6-14 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the 76ers at No. 25 and the Bulls at No. 8 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 96-91 result in favor of the Bulls.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Philadelphia's No. 19-rated squad against Chicago's No. 6-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Philadelphia rates No. 20 in the league with 6.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 30 with 4.4 per outing.
Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 8-rated defense on the road, giving up 95.4 points per game. Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 94-89 loser as they battled the Clippers at home. The Bulls failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog, while 183 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Carlos Boozer poured in 24 points and chipped in with 13 rebounds in a losing cause for Chicago on Tuesday, as the Clippers rolled to a 94-89 victory over Chicago at United Center.
Philadelphia won its last outing, a 104-97 result against the Pistons on December 10. The 76ers covered in that game as a 5.5-point favorite, while the 201 combined points took the game OVER the total. Philadelphia got 25 points from Jrue Holiday en route to a 104-97 victory over Detroit on Monday at Wells Fargo Center.
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Brooklyn are 8-2
After playing LA Clippers are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
A few Bulls at 76ers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chicago's last 10 games
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chicago's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Chicago
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Chicago home to Brooklyn, Saturday, December 15
Philadelphia at Indiana, Friday, December 14