Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls look to bounce back against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 on Friday night. The 76ers are -2 point favorites over the Bulls with an over/under point total set at 178.5.
The 76ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, but just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 18-38 ATS in their last 56 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Bulls on the other hand are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 road games and 38-14-2 ATS in their last 54 games following a S.U. loss, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Just as it looked like the Bulls were going to take a 2-0 lead and command of this series, the 76ers surprised everyone by dominating the second half of Tuesday nights game in Chicago, outscoring the Bulls 36-14 in the pivitol third quarter. Despite the absence of Derrick Rose, who’s season ended after he tore his ACL in the closing stages of Game 1′s 103-91 victory, Chicago didn’t skip a beat in the first half, holding a 55-47 advantage. However, that lead quickly evaporated in the second half as Philly dominated every aspect of the game, shooting 59% for the game en route to a 109-92 win.
It’s been two days and I still don’t know what to make of Chicago’s second half on Tuesday night. The Bulls pride themselves on outworking their opponents and rarely do you see them get dominated liked they did. So what expect going forward? Personally, I’m not going to over react over one bad half and I think the Bulls re-group and take control of the series here. This is still the same Chicago team that finished first in the East without Rose for half of the season and likewise, Philly is 16-23 in their last 39 overall. I was all in on the Bulls in Game 2 and I was way wrong, but I’m willing to take my chances again.
Chicago Bulls +2 Philadelphia 76ers