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76ers @ Bulls: Philadelphia eyes back-to-back wins as Butler returns to Chicago

76ers @ Bulls NBA odds, spreads and predictions

Jimmy Butler visits Chicago for the first time since joining Philadelphia.

With Joel Embiid sidelined with a knee injury, the rest of the 76ers starters took it upon themselves to pick up the slack and get back on track defeating the Orlando Magic 114-106.

Philadelphia shot nearly 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range lead by the effort of JJ Redick, who knocked down six-of-nine three-pointers for a team-high 26 points.

Tobias Harris notched a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, adding five assists, two steals, and a block.

Ben Simmons fell just short of a triple-double putting together 16 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists.

Jimmy Butler made half of his shot attempts contributing 14 points, four assists, and a team-high three steals.

Game information

When is it? Wednesday March 6th

What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? United Center

Which channel is it on? ESPN

The lowdown

The Chicago Bulls were ice cold from beyond the arc shooting 16 percent from three-point range on their way to dropping a second consecutive game falling to the Indiana Pacers 105-96.

Team leading scorer Zach LaVine continued his production shooting 10-of-22 from the field for a team-high 27 points.

Lauri Markkanen had an off night shooting yet worked his way to a double-double scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

Robin Lopez added a near double-double with 20 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.

76ers @ Bulls Spread

Philadelphia is giving Chicago 5 points in this matchup.

When Butler returned to the United Center last season as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves he scored 38 points against his former team.

The 76ers also hold the fourth best offense in the NBA averaging 115.6 ppg, and I expect them to produce against the Bulls despite Embiid being sidelined.

Take the Sixers to cover.

76ers @ Bulls Moneyline

Think Philadelphia will win a second game in a row? Betting $210 could win profit of $100.

Like Chicago to bounce back at home? Spending $60 would win $105 profit.

76ers @ Bulls Over/Under

The over/under for this matchup is set at 227 points.

Final score prediction: Philadelphia 76ers 122, Chicago Bulls 110

Take the over in this game.

Where the game will be won or lost

Both these teams have struggled defensively this season; Philadelphia ranks 18th allowing 112.3 ppg, and Chicago sits two spots behind at 20th allowing 112.6 ppg.

Whichever team can step up defensively on Wednesday night will hold the advantage.

Offensively, Otto Porter Jr. has to return to form for the Bulls after shooting three-of-11 from the field for seven points against Indiana.

For Philadelphia, with Embiid sidelined, Amir Johnson will need to play big as the lone true center left on the Sixers roster. Harris, Johnson, and Simmons need to crash the boards and get it done on both ends of the floor.

Stephen Rodriguez
@TinoRodriguez__ in NBA