Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers
The series shifts back to Chicago as the Bulls look to starve off elimination in Game 5. The Bulls are -5 point favorites over the 76ers with an over/under point total set at 171.5.
Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, while the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Bulls are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 38-16-2 ATS in their last 56 games following a S.U. loss. The 76ers on the other hand are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall, but just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Despite a poor shooting night, the 76ers managed to take over when it mattered in Game 4 on Sunday to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the best of seven series. With Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose looking on from the sidelines, Philly raced out of the blocks to take a 24-15 quarter time lead. The Bulls would answer in the following two quarters, but 22 points from Spencer Hawes was too much to overcome as the 76ers pulled away for an 89-82 win and control of this series. Hawes shot 9-11 from the field, but the 76ers shot just 39% overall.
I know everyone is counting out the Bulls, but I don’t think this series is as over as people are suggesting. If Chicago manage to pull out the win tonight and Noah happens to return for Game 6 in Philly, we are going to have ourselves one heck of a game on Friday night. I think the Bulls can get the win and the cover here, but five points just looks like too much when you consider Philly have won the last three games by a combined 29 points. I’ll take the points in this one.
Philadelphia 76ers +5 Chicago Bulls