The surging Bulls have been installed as double-digit
favorites over the 76ers for Monday's game. Will they please their backers once
again or do the Sixers have a chance to cover?
It's been a dream-like second half for Chicago, who has
pushed all the way to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, ahead of the
likes of the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.
The Bulls have now won four straight after beating Milwaukee
95-87 as 5.5-point favorites on the road.
Surprise, surprise. Derrick Rose was sensational again in
Sunday's win over the Bucks, scoring 30 points to go along with 17 assists to
guide the Bulls once more.
Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah chipped in with double-doubles
of their own to put Chicago two games up of its nearest competitors in the
We'll see how the Bulls fare on their own court Monday night
against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Since winning three of four, the 76ers have now lost two
straight, including a heartbreaking 111-114 overtime loss to Sacramento in
their last time in action.
Jrue Holiday had an all-around tremendous effort despite the
defeat, racking up 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Jodie Meeks
dropped 22 points while Spencer Hawes put up 16 points and a team-high 15 boards.
Chicago's run to finally come to an end?
At time of publish the Bulls were favored by 10 points while
the total was sitting around the 191.5 mark on the NBA odds board.
Not too shocking but Chicago has been on a roll in the NBA betting sphere, going 21-7 ATS in its last 28 games overall coming into Monday.
The Bulls are also 8-2 ATS in their previous 10 matchups as a favorite.
The 76ers on the other hand have not covered in four
consecutive games but are 19-7 ATS in their previous 26 contests following a
Only one team (San Antonio Spurs) has a better home record
than the Bulls this season, who are a fantastic 32-4 SU at the United Center.
But I'm just not sold that they'll be able to cover such a
high number against a Philadelphia team that has proven it can roll with the big
The 76ers actually beat the Chicago Bulls 105-99 in the previous
meeting between the two in early January. They know they can hang with Tom
Thibodeau's crew and will go all out to keep pushing towards securing a spot in
In the last five matchups between Philadelphia and Chicago,
the home team has gone 4-1 versus the spread. Even so, I believe the 76ers will
keep this game relatively close and end up covering on Monday.
It's certainly a risk to bet against the sizzling Bulls in
this spot but so long as Doug Collins' squad steps it up a notch defensively
the 76ers should avoid a big loss.
NBA Free Pick: Philadelphia may not win, but I look
for a tight encounter. Back the 76ers.