Philadelphia 76ers vs Chicago Bulls - Picks Of The Day 1/29

Joel Embiid Of Sixers

Sunday, January 29, 2017 7:17 PM GMT

The 76ers are going to be without Joel Embiid tonight and that means their defense is going to take a big hit. If the Bulls can get over their squabbles and play some basketball, they should easily cash the over against Philadelphia and their NBA Odds.

76ers vs. Bulls

There are two things that happen to the Sixers when they don't have Joel Embiid on the court. First is they lose a good source of their offense, but this is the NBA. They can make that up other ways. Even the Sixers, who have started to improve a lot, can find ways to score against mediocre teams like the Bulls.

The other thing that happens to the Sixers without Embiid is their defense falls apart. He is the one holding it down in the middle and if he had played enough games to date, he would be top five in almost every defensive metric in the league. The Sixers' defense gives up almost 10 more points per 100 possessions without Embiid and that may show tonight.

The Bulls haven't been without their offensive struggles either. However, they will have their normal starters back tonight and against a team without their best player, Chicago could easily put up 105-110 points here.

That's how much they put up against the Sixers in their last meeting and after tonight Chicago heads on a nearly two week road trip out West. They will want to put their drama and poor play behind them with a convincing win tonight. However, I don't trust the Bulls one bit to cover, so I'm taking the over.

Free NBA Pick: OVER 204 ½

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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