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76ers take on Bulls in hoops contest

Philadelphia 76ersChicago Bulls
13-26January 18, 2014, 08:00 | United Center18-20

The Bulls will be trying to slam the 76ers on Saturday when the teams tip off at United Center in NBA betting action.

Chicago will face the 13-26 76ers, who own a 16-23 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Bulls are 16-22 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the 76ers are 21-17-1 favoring the OVER.

View Philadelphia 76ers vs Chicago Bulls Odds and Stats.

The Bulls were listed as a -7.5-point Favorite at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 196 over at 5Dimes earlier.

This game matches up the No. 17 (Bulls) and the No. 29 (76ers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 91-84 result in favor of the Bulls is predicted by handicapping models.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 101-86 loser as they battled the Heat at home. The 76ers failed to cover in the match as a 11-point underdog, while 187 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Philadelphia suffered a 101-86 loss against Miami on Friday, getting 13 points from Tony Wroten in a losing effort at Wells Fargo Center.

Chicago was a 96-93 loser in its last match on the road against the Wizards. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 189 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Bulls got 18 points from Kirk Hinrich, but it was Washington that prevailed in a 96-93 final on Friday at Verizon Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 92.32 PPG, against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 30 at 110.18 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 42.42% so far, less than the 76ers shooters have achieved on the year, 44.38% per game.

Next up:
Philadelphia at Washington, Monday, January 20th
Chicago home to Los Angeles, Monday, January 20th