Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks
Wednesday, 2/13/13, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  FSWI
Opening Point Spread:  Milwaukee -6
Current Betting Line:  Milwaukee -6
Opening Total:  196
Current Total:  194.5
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Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors
Wednesday, 1/26/10, 7:00 PM EDT
Opening Point Spread:  Philadelphia -3
Current Betting Line:  Philadelphia -4.5
Opening Total:  199
Current Total:  200

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Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic
Saturday, 12/18/10, 7:00 PM EDT
Opening Point Spread:  Orlando -10
Current Betting Line:  Orlando -9.5
Opening Total:  188
Current Total:  189.5

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Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers
Wednesday, 10/27/10, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Miami -8
Current Betting Line:  Miami -7.5
Opening Total:  190
Current Total:  189.5
Current Moneyline:  Miami -355 / Philadelphia +295

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A couple of things have me scratching  my head this morning.

First, the Bulls are reportedly about to hire Doug Collins as their next coach. Huh? With the first pick in the draft and a pretty decent existing lineup the best you could do is pull a guy off the scrap heap? Surely the lure of coaching Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose would have been enough to hire someone who is, well, good. Collins has already been a coach for the Bulls, and not a particularly good one. He’s also been at the helm for the Pistons and he wasn’t very good there, either. Finally, he was reunited with Michael Jordan with the Wizards. How can we possibly forget what a rousing and inspiring success that whole era was? Overall, he has a decent but not overwhelming regular season record of 332-287, but it’s in the playoffs that he has shown hs true incompetence – 15-23. He didn’t manage to get anything done with the Bulls in the playoffs, but soon after he left the team won three in a row. This move is totally without logic for the Bulls management team. Or maybe not. This must be what they are thinking – Collins hired Phil Jackson as an assistant, and when Collins was fired for being inept Jackson took the helm and won six titles in nine years. Maybe management sees this as the easiest way to identify the next Phil Jackson. That’s the only thing that makes sense, because as a coach Collins make a decent broadcaster. I wrote earlier that I was very optimistic about the Bulls next year because of the first pick and their other tools. A lot of that optimistic will drain away if they go through with this ridiculous hire. It’s not just his record that makes it ridiculous, though. They fired Scott Skiles because he was loud and fiery and it wasn’t working for the players anymore. The mogical thing, then, is to bring in a guy who is loud and fiery and shouts at his players. That’s the ticket. If I was a Bulls season ticket holder I’d be on the phone to cancel them as soon as they hired this goof. I suspect that I would have to wait on hold for a while.

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