Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls
The injury plagued Chicago Bulls hope to even things up in Game 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers are -2.5 point favorites over the Bulls with an over/under point total set at 174.
Head to head, the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5. The Bulls on the other hand are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Not that having the reigning MVP missing was bad enough, but the Bulls will be without Joakim Noah for today’s game after he left Game 3 with a sprained ankle. It’s been a horrible start to the playoffs for the first seeded Bulls who with a loss tonight, will be one of only a handful of teams to be knocked out in the first round by an eight seed. Chicago had their chances to take Game 3, however they were shut down in the fourth quarter as the 76ers made their run, going on a 16-2 spurt to take control of the contest.
With Noah and obviously Rose out for Game 4, the 76ers really couldn’t have asked for anything more. If there was a team that could overcome these injuries it would be the Bulls, however they had a perfect chance to take Game 3 and blew it. I think this game will come down to the wire, but I like Philly to get the win and the cover in the end.
Philadelphia 76ers -2.5 Chicago Bulls