The Philadelphia 76ers can take a commanding 3-1 lead on the Chicago Bulls in their first-round NBA betting series on Sunday afternoon as those teams meet in Philly in Game 4 of their set.
Chicago is the top seed but trailing No. 8 Philly after Derrick Rose blew out his knee. Then Joakim Noah hurt his ankle in Game 3.
Suddenly the underdog Sixers are favored.
The Bulls will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 38-27-1 ATS against the number this season, while the 76ers are 34-32 ATS. Chicago is 32-34 on the totals; Philadelphia is 30-36.
Bettors looking to side with the 76ers in this one will find them as 2.5-point favorites at , while the total was sitting at 174 at BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 6-rated 76ers and the No. 1-ranked Bulls, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 100-96 result in favor of the Bulls.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 22-ranked offense (93.6 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 1 at 88.2 PPG. The 76ers have averaged 44.8% from the field per game, less than the Bulls have managed so far this season (45.2% on average).
Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 88.5 points per game. Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 in the league in scoring at home.
Chicago was a 79-74 loser in its last match on the road against the 76ers. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 153 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Chicago got 18 points from Carlos Boozer but lost anyway 79-74 against the 76ers on Friday at Wells Fargo Center.
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2
Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a win are 5-5
A few Bulls at 76ers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 10 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 9 games
Chicago is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 10 games when playing at home against Chicago
Philadelphia is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Chicago home to Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 8
Philadelphia at Chicago, Tuesday, May 8