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Bulls 76ers Betting Tips - Bulls, Without Their Superstar, Try To Move Forward

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/1/2012 2:54:20 PM

The Chicago Bulls are still in a psychologically wounded state, but will their frame of mind be damaged enough to cost them in their first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers?

East First Round, Game 3: Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers - Friday, May 4 
Sports betting line: No line

Why Chicago Will Win

Anyone examining this contest will calmly point out that that your bet on sports – whenever you choose to make one – should be grounded in a sense of the whole picture, not just a snapshot of it. The Chicago Bulls should no longer be seen as a favorite or co-favorite in the Eastern Conference playoffs now that Derrick Rose is out for the rest of a season with a torn ACL. That much is definitely true. However, should the Bulls' brush with major adversity mean that they should be seen as an underdog against the Philadelphia 76ers? Hardly. Philadelphia led the Atlantic Division for much of the season but then lost momentum, energy and belief over the past month and a half, sliding all the way to eighth place in the East.

Philadelphia is a wayward team without proven leadership and mature take-charge players who can answer the bell in pressure-cooker situations. Philadelphia's Evan Turner openly questioned the Bulls and their level of quality before the series, insisting that the 76ers had gained the more favorable matchup compared to the New York Knicks, who had to face the Miami Heat in the first round.

Turner never should have made such a comment, for a number of very good reasons. First, he shouldn't have riled up the Bulls, a team that – in pursuit of a championship – is always looking for an extra ounce or two of motivation. Second, Turner does not own the personal accomplishments or credentials which would seem to justify such strong talk on his part. Philadelphia is an unwise team, and that's something that will enable Chicago to reassert its dominance in this series.

Why Philadelphia Will Win

When you do your homework and on this game, it's reasonable to think that sports betting sites  are studying and, moreover, recalibrating their metrics now that Derrick Rose is out of the picture. Rose's absence certainly gives Philadelphia a better chance of competing with the Bulls on even terms. It's true that Chicago is still unquestionably the favorite in this series, perhaps even enough to win this competition in a relatively convincing five-game romp. However, if one thinks that Chicago is going to win this series in five, that means Philadelphia will grab at least one game. If the Sixers are going to make any kind of push, it makes sense that they'll win one game at home, probably in Game 3. This is usually the point in a best-of-seven series when the underdog team, down by two games, makes its foremost push. The Bulls, without Rose, will probably adjust by Game 4, but in Game 3, with the Philadelphia crowd at a fever pitch, the Sixers can produce just enough defensive energy to limit Chicago's offensive output.

Who Will Win

It’s going to be a close call, but Rose's absence probably does mean that Philadelphia will indeed win one game in this series. Game 3 is the most likely spot in which the Sixers will prevail.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Philadelphia

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