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Predictions For 76ers Bulls Betting – Sixers Try To Get Back In Playoff Contention

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/25/2013 6:26:50 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers can see the Toronto Raptors moving up the ladder in the Eastern Conference, passing them for ninth place in pursuit of the No. 8 seed. They need to make a stand.

Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls – Thursday, February 28
Betting line: No line

Why Philadelphia Will Win

Legal online sports betting analysts know that when they do their homework and go over the important matchups in this game, they will emphasize the possibility that Philadelphia's small lineup can spread out the Bulls and make it harder for Chicago to switch on the perimeter. Philadelphia is without Andrew Bynum, and that will certainly complicate things for the 76ers in this game, but one has to remember that Philadelphia beat Chicago without Bynum in last year's playoffs. Chicago didn't have Derrick Rose then, and the Bulls lack Rose now.

Philadelphia does not have a lot of size, but the Sixers own the quickness that can create one-on-one matchups in which their guards and wings can outmaneuver Chicago's wings. The Bulls are stuck in the sense that their current backcourt is not that adept at creating its own shots. Carlos Boozer in the paint can create his own shot on a relatively consistent basis, but his teammates aren't as skilled in this regard.
Philadelphia can play lockdown defense and stay close to Chicago for this reason. The 76ers also know that Evan Turner, who averages nearly seven rebounds a game, can outmuscle a smaller defender in his specific matchup. If Turner has a big game, Chicago is in definite trouble here.

Why Chicago Will Win

When NCAA football betting gurus drop in on NBA basketball and look at another realm of the sports world, they will say that while the Sixers' small lineup could create problems for the Bulls, Chicago will pose a lot of length on defense, enough to bother Philadelphia in the paint.

The Sixers need to hit mid-range jump shots in this game. Yes, Philadelphia's guards might be able to pry open some opportunities with their quickness, but one must quickly clarify that those "opportunities" are likely to be looks at open 17-footers, not open layups. Philadelphia is not a great jump-shooting team. Its best shooter is Thaddeus Young, a forward who focuses precisely on getting layups and four-footers instead of mid-range jumpers.

Philadelphia is, in many ways, swimming against the statistical tide in this contest. It will have to excel in an aspect of competition that has not treated the Sixers very kindly this season. Is there a chance that Philadelphia will knock down open 17-footers? Sure. Is that likely to happen? Certainly not. Add in the fact that Chicago is playing at home with a day of rest, and one should arrive at the conclusion that the Bulls will be able to play the kind of robust defense that will grind down the Sixers' offense in the fourth quarter.

Who Will Win

It’s clear that without Bynum, the Sixers remain hamstrung and have to play well above their pay grade against a good team in order to win. Philadelphia might play well, but the odds say the Sixers won't be able to bring their best stuff to the United Center. Take Chicago here.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Chicago



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