NBA Picks: 76ers vs. Bulls NBA Betting Preview

Steven Suarez

Saturday, November 2, 2013 12:24 PM GMT

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 12:24 PM GMT

The 76ers have surprised everyone by going 2-0 to start the season. Can they make it a perfect 3-0 when they entertain the Bulls tonight?

Odds Overview

Despite the fact Philadelphia is at home, they're almost double-digit underdogs. Sportsbooks have the 76ers at +8.5.

The NBA odds total is in the range of 194 to 195.5. So far the OVER has hit in both of Philadelphia's games, while it's been a 1-1 split in Chicago's two matchups. The UNDER was 2-1 in last year's meetings between these squads.

Chicago Bulls

Two nights after getting blown out by Miami in their season opener, the Bulls were able to respond by beating the Knicks at home.

Chicago was leading by 13 points at one point, but New York battled back in the fourth and made things very interesting. The ball was put in Derrick Rose's hands with seconds remaining and the Bulls down one and the former MVP responded, hitting a tough jumper to give the home team the win.

Rose finished with 18 points on 7-of-23 shooting and added six rebounds, three assists, while turning the ball over four times. Jimmy Butler had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Luol Deng (17 points) and Carlos Boozer (14) also scored in double figures. Joakim Noah hauled in 15 rebounds in the win.

Hitting the game-winning shot is only going to help Rose's confidence this early in the season. He's already looked very aggressive in all facets of his game, maybe a little too aggressive at times, but we expect him to get better and better as the season progresses.

That means the Bulls are going to be dangerous. The 76ers will likely find that out the hard way.

Philadelphia 76ers

Widely considered to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season, the 76ers have come out with a little chip on their shoulders and have opened with two victories.

The first came at home over the defending champions and the second came last night in a 109-102 road win over Washington. Philadelphia was a nine-point underdog but masterminded a terrific comeback to win straight up.

The 76ers were down by 10 at halftime, but then outscored the Wizards 65-48 in the second half. The bench provided a spark, but it was Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, and Spencer Hawes that really carried the load. 

Young went for 29 points on 14-of-20 shooting and chipped in eight rebounds, while Evan Turner had a 23/6/4 line as well as two steals. Hawes ended up with 16 points, 14 rebounds and five dimes.

What a start for the 76ers. They've beaten the defending champions and topped a likely playoff team on the road. Just imagine if they can keep it going and get the best of Rose and the BullsBulls 

NBA Pick 

Chicago won all three head-to-head meetings and covered in two of those victories last season.

This is obviously a much different Philadelphia team now, while the Bulls have beefed up with the return of Rose and the improved health of the likes of Noah and Deng for starters.

It may take a little time for Chicago to get into the right flow, but even so we like them to show Philadelphia a thing or two tonight. The 76ers have played way above their heads to start the season, but the good times aren't going to last too long. This is still going to be one of the worst teams in basketball by year's end.

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Against one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, we're laying the chalk and siding with Chicago for our NBA picks.

Free Pick: Chicago Bulls -8.5

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