Gimme A Break: Take ‘Under’ For Tired Sixers, Bulls

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:52 AM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019 2:52 AM UTC

With no time to recover from Tuesday’s action, the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls should make the ‘under’ the right NBA pick for Wednesday’s matchup.

Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks record through Mar. 4:
16-15-1 ATS, 0-4 ML (minus-9.35 units), 21-9 Totals

Philadelphia (41-23 SU, 31-33 ATS) at Chicago (18-46 SU, 29-34-1 ATS)

Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Free NBA Pick: Under
Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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It’s time once again for everyone’s favorite betting angle: Zero Days Off. Our contestants this Wednesday are the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls, both of whom played on Tuesday – and both of whom have to travel in between games. We took the ‘under’ in similar circumstances for last Sunday’s game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder; that yawner ended 99-95 (Under 218) in favor of OKC. Of course we’re putting the ‘under’ in our NBA picks for this game, too, especially with the total already moving from 227 to 227.5 at press time.

Here’s A Glue Guy

What, you don’t like totals? Fine, Chicago might be worth a shot against the spread, although they just lost 105-96 to the Indiana Pacers (Under 218) as 6.5-point road dogs. The Bulls are still 5-3 SU and ATS since February 13, thanks in large part to the arrival of Otto Porter, Jr. (plus-1.9 BPM after eight games) at the trade deadline.

This was a very shrewd move for the Bulls. They jump-started their rebuilding process by adding Porter, a quality two-way swingman who can help players like Lauri Markkanen (minus-1.3 BPM) and Kris Dunn (minus-2.0 BPM) find their footing. And in the trade for Porter, Chicago sent Jabari Parker (minus-2.9 BPM) and Bobby Portis (minus-3.0 BPM) to the Washington Wizards. Absolutely brilliant work by the Bulls, even if it will hamper their lottery chances somewhat at the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Jimmy Butler made just about every single play for the Sixers down the stretch. Two buckets, two steals and an assist. That’s after being a non factor for 45 minutes. Unreal.

— Andrew Porter (@And_Porter) 6 de março de 2019

The Centers Cannot Hold

While Chicago were locked in mortal combat with Indiana, the Sixers were busy beating the Orlando Magic 114-106 (Under 222) as 4-point home faves. That’s back-to-back covers for Philly after they dropped their first three games ATS after the All-Star break – all without center Joel Embiid (plus-3.4 BPM) in the lineup. Embiid remains day-to-day with a sore knee and reportedly won’t make the trip to the Windy City.

Also listed as day-to-day for Philadelphia: centers Boban Marjanovic (plus-1.9 BPM in seven games), Amir Johnson (minus-0.7 BPM) and Jonah Bolden (plus-0.8 BPM), as well as salty swingman Jimmy Butler (plus-3.3 BPM). Butler and Johnson both played through back pain Tuesday as part of a tight nine-man rotation, and might normally be candidates for some “load management” on Wednesday – except the Sixers are low on warm bodies right now, especially on the frontline.

Again, if you’re just not into totals, the Bulls could be the right call, but they’ve already moved from +6 to +5 on the NBA odds board as I write this. We’d rather pound that rising total here at the home office; whatever choice you make, may the sphere be with you.

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