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76ers visit Bulls in hoops battle

Philadelphia 76ersChicago Bulls
15-54March 22, 2014, 08:00 | United Center38-31

Chicago will look to improve on its 38-31 record on Saturday when they host Philadelphia in NBA odds action at United Center.

This season the Bulls are 38-31 overall and 34-35 ATS against the number, while the 76ers are 15-54 and 27-42 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Chicago is 28-41 on the OU, and Philadelphia is 32-36-1.View Philadelphia 76ers vs Chicago Bulls Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 16.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 196 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game matches up the No. 7 (Bulls) and the No. 30 (76ers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 92-81 result in favor of the Bulls is predicted by handicapping models.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 93-92 loser as they battled the Knicks at home. The 76ers covered in the match as a 12-point underdog, while 185 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Michael Carter-Williams scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 93-92 against New York in NBA action at Wells Fargo Center.

The Bulls were a 91-79 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (170) made winners of UNDER bettors. Chicago got 17 points from Jimmy Butler but lost anyway 91-79 against the Pacers on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting 76ers rank No. 12 in the league with 43.48 per game. That compares with Chicago’s No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Chicago is the NBA’s No. 26-ranked team at 6.12 per game, while the 76ers rate No. 20 with 6.9 per contest.

Next up:
Philadelphia at San Antonio, Monday, March 24th
Chicago home to Indiana, Monday, March 24th