76ers @ Bulls: Sixers look to get back on track Saturday night
76ers @ Bulls NBA odds spreads and predictions
The Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls will square off at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday night.
The visiting Sixers are uncharacteristically on a three-game losing streak heading into their matchup with the Bulls.
Joel Embiid returned in their last game and put together 34 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for the 76ers in a 128-122 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the No. 1 seed in the East, on Thursday night.
JJ Redick added 29 points, two boards and three assists, Mike Scott contributed 22 points and three rebounds, Tobias Harris had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Ben Simmons chipped in six points, four rebounds and 13 assists for Philadelphia.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 45 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in the victory.
When is it? Saturday April 6th
What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? United Center
Which channel is it on? NBATV
The Chicago Bulls were on a five-game losing streak before coming away with a win in their last matchup.
Walt Lemon Jr. finished with 24 points, three rebounds and eight assists for the Bulls in a 115-114 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
JaKarr Sampson had 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench, Shaquille Harrison contributed 15 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks, and Robin Lopez chipped in 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks for Chicago.
76ers @ Bulls Spread
The Philadelphia 76ers are giving the Bulls 6.5 points in this matchup.
The Sixers are bound to bounce back, right? They have to beat the Bulls.
Roll with Philadelphia minus the points here. With a healthy lineup expected to be intact, I believe the Sixers will leave the United Center with a big win.
Take the Sixers.
76ers @ Bulls Over/Under
The over/under in this one is set at 225 total points.
My final score prediction: Philadelphia 76ers 114, Chicago Bulls 107.
Roll with the under in this matchup.
Where the game will be won or lost
The Philadelphia 76ers picked a bad time to go on their first three-game losing streak of the season.
The 76ers will try to maintain their third place seeding in the Eastern Conference when they visit the Chicago Bulls.
Philadelphia is 3-5 over its past eight games, and it has allowed both the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers to get within two games of the No. 3 seed.
The 76ers have been terrible on defense. They are allowing an average of 126.7 points per game during the three-game skid, which includes disappointing losses to Dallas and Atlanta as well as Thursday's 128-122 home loss to the Bucks.
Injury concerns to All-Star center Joel Embiid have continued. Embiid has missed 12 of the past 21 games while dealing with knee soreness.
Despite the loss to the Bucks, Embiid finished with 34 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for his second career triple-double.
For the Bulls, shooting guard Zach LaVine, who averaged 34.5 points in the two meetings with the 76ers, will probably miss his eighth straight game because of a thigh injury.
Small forward Otto Porter Jr. (shoulder) will be out for a ninth straight game, point guard Kris Dunn (back) will miss his sixth straight game, and power forward Lauri Markkanen was recently declared out for the season as well.
Look for the Sixers to get back on track in this game.