Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers - 2/19/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Philadelphia 76ers (19-10) vs Chicago Bulls (12-15)
Game Info: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
Betting Odds: Philadelphia 76ers -9 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls invade the Wells Fargo Center to do battle with the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
The Chicago Bulls have been in pretty good form lately as they’ve won four of their past six games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after sneaking past the Pistons in a 105-102 home win on Wednesday. Zach LaVine led the team with 37 points and five assists on 14 of 22 shooting, Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points on seven of nine shooting while Patrick Williams chipped in with 15 points, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Bulls shot 48 percent from the field and eight of 28 from the 3-point line as they struggled early on and fell behind by as many as 25 points, before rallying in the second half where they outscored the Pistons by 62-41 to escape with the impressive comeback win.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have been in a bit of a rut as they had lost four of six games and were riding a three-game skid before taking down the Rockets in a 118-113 home win on Wednesday. Joel Embiid led the team with 31 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Seth Curry added 25 points with five assists while Tobias Harris added 24 points with 15 rebounds and five assists. As a team, the 76ers shot 48 percent from the field and 12 of 26 from the 3-point line as they dominated the first half to lead by as many as 29 points, before escaping with the narrow win as the Rockets poured in 70 points in a nervous second half.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games, 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games against a team above .500 and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win. The 76ers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the over is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings overall and the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Philadelphia.
Ben Simmons is listed as probable for Friday which is great news for the 76ers who were struggling a bit before their narrow win over the Rockets on Wednesday. The Bulls haven’t been in great form, but they’re looking like a dangerous team with LaVine in red-hot form, so an upset could be on the cards here if the 76ers aren’t careful. I do think the 76ers get the win here, but with the line so hefty, I’m taking the Bulls with the points as they should be able to keep this to single digits.