WagerTalk NBA handicapper Andy Lang offers his expert predictions and picks for tonight’s Philadelphia 76ers vs Chicago Bulls battle from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. This 76ers and Bulls game is part of a home-and-home tonight and this upcoming Wednesday night.
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|Monday, March 20||NBA Betting Notes, Courtesy of Caesars|
|Point Spread:||Philadelphia 76ers -8.5 vs Chicago Bulls|
|Arena:||Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA|
|Game Time:||7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT|
|TV:||NBC Sports Chicago|
The Chicago Bulls visit the Wells Fargo Center for the first game of back-to-back set against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
The 76ers won their eighth straight game in a 141-121 shootout against the Indiana Pacers last night. The Bulls finished their homestand 2-1 after beating the Miami Heat 113-99 on Saturday.
This will be the third of four games in a regular season series that is tied 1-1 with the road team prevailing in both contests. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST/4:00 PST.
The Chicago Bulls improved to 33-37 on the season after winning their seventh game in their last eleven tries against the Heat.
Long distance shooting proved to be the difference maker as Chicago shot 17-34 for 50% while Miami shot only 10-37 for 27%. Demar Derozan led the game in scoring and assists with a 24 point, 10 assist double-double.
Nikola Vucevic also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Zach Lavine chipped in with 18 points and 7 assists.
The Bulls now occupy the all important 10th seed in the Eastern Conference, only 1.5 games from slipping out of the play-in tournament altogether.
Chicago is the leagues 18th ranked scoring offense with 113.5 points a game on 49.1% from the field. They sit at 5th in defensive rating and 11th in defensive scoring with only 112.6 points allowed per game. Alex Caruso (foot) and Javonte Green (knee) are both listed as questionable for this contest.
The Philadelphia 76ers upped their record to an impressive 48-22 after winning their eighth straight game over the Indiana Pacers.
Turnover differential may have been the difference in this one as Philadelphia won that battle 17-8. Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey tied as the games leading scorer with 31 points each, they both also recorded 7 assists.
Tobias Harris added points 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The Sixers are now tied with the Boston Celtics for the second seed in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the first place Celtics.
They rank 13th in scoring with 115.5 points per game on 48.8% from the floor. Defense is their calling card as they rank 7th in defensive rating and 3rd in defensive scoring with only 110.5 points allowed per game.
PJ Tucker is questionable after missing Monday mornings shootaround due to an ankle injury, and is the only Sixer listed on the injury report.
The Philadelphia 76ers enter this contest as 8.5 point home favorites with a total of 225. Both teams have been on hot steaks that have improved their standing in the Eastern Conference.
Both sides have also played great defense as they rank 6th & 9th in adjusted defensive rating. They also both prefer a slow tempo as the Bulls rank 16th in pace of play while the Sixers rank 26th.
The 76ers have gone under in three of their last four at home against an opponent with a losing record while gone under in six straight road games against an opponent with a winning home record.
This game will be a playoff type atmosphere which will lead to a slow tempo grind that falls short of this total.
Prediction: Under 225 -110 Draftkings
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Andy Lang has lived in Indianapolis his whole life, and like most people from the Hoosier State, he became fascinated with motor sports. That interest in motor sports turned into a desire to make money off the sport through fantasy contests and sports betting. Like most, he took his lumps when he first got started, but now he is one of the most respected NASCAR bettors in the industry. Andy has expanded that sports betting experience to become profitable in a number of other sports, transforming this interest from a side hobby to a major source of income.
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