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.

<p style="text-align:right"><em><strong>Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks record through Mar. 4:</strong><br />16-15-1 ATS, 0-4 ML (minus-9.35 units), 21-9 Totals</em></p><h2 style="text-align:center">Philadelphia (41-23 SU, 31-33 ATS) at Chicago (18-46 SU, 29-34-1 ATS)</h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN<br />Free NBA Pick: Under<br />Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">BetOnline</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3570023, "sportsbooksIds":[238,93,1096,19,999996], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>It’s time once again for everyone’s favorite betting angle: Zero Days Off. Our contestants this Wednesday are the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Philadelphia - Chicago Betting Odds">Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls</a>, both of whom played on Tuesday – and both of whom have to travel in between games. <a href="" target="_blank" title="Tired Teams Give ‘Under’ The Nod For Grizzlies-Thunder Matchup">We took the ‘under’</a> 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 <a href="" target="_blank" title="More NBA Picks">NBA picks</a> for this game, too, especially with the total already moving from 227 to 227.5 at press time.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Here’s A Glue Guy</strong></h2><p>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.<br /><br />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.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"pt\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;— Andrew Porter (@And_Porter) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;6 de março de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><strong>The Centers Cannot Hold</strong></h2><p>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.<br /><br />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.</p><p>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 <a href="" target="_blank" title="Live NBA Odds Board">NBA odds board</a> 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.</p>
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