NBA Betting Picks: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls

Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls
Thursday, 2/28/13, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  TNT
Opening Point Spread:  Chicago -7
Current Betting Line:  Chicago -7
Opening Total:  178.5
Current Total:  179
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Philadelphia 76ers have been terrible on the offensive end recently
The Philadelphia 76ers have been terrible on the offensive end recently

Philadelphia has lost six games in a row, including a 98-84 setback to the Orlando Magic as 8.5-point home favorites Tuesday night, while going UNDER the posted total of 185.5.  “The team that we tried to put together, we’ve never seen,” commented 76ers coach Doug Collins.  The 76ers’ run of eight consecutive road losses is their worst since a 10-game slide in 2006.  The squad is 6-18 overall away from the City of Brotherly Love, including a 3-10 mark versus Eastern Conference foes.  Philadelphia is 9-15 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record, which is hard to ignore when making your NBA expert picks Thursday night.

The 76ers have won just four of the last 13 meetings in this series, while both teams have scored below 100 points in each of the past six.  Philadelphia has dropped both games in the 2012-13 series, including a 93-88 defeat as 6.5-point road underdogs on Dec. 1.  Over its current losing streak, the team is getting outscored by 11.7 points, as it has allowed 101.0 points in that span.

Chicago has dropped three of its last four games, including a 101-98 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers as 8.5-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the posted total of 185.5.  “We have to find a way,” stated Bulls center Joakim Noah.  The Bulls have dropped eight of 12 games in February, which is important to consider when looking over the NBA betting odds.  Chicago is 1-7 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points this season.

The Bulls are 15-14 overall at the United Center, including a 10-7 mark versus conference rivals.  Chicago will be aiming for its first season sweep of Philadelphia since 1996-97.  Reserve guard Nate Robinson has been forced into the starting rotation due to injuries to Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich, but he’s averaged 12.0 points and 4.1 assists per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the 76ers due to their 4-0 ATS mark following a double-digit home loss, while the Bulls are 1-5 ATS at home versus teams with a losing road record.

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