Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls, Monday, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Free Picks, Predictions and Las Vegas Odds

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Philadelphia at Chicago, NBA Sports betting
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, December 18, 2017
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCS Philadelphia-plus, NBCS Chicago
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
707 Philadelphia 76ers -2½ -105 -133 Ov 210 -105
708 Chicago Bulls +2½ -115 +113 Un 210 -115
 

A winning streak will be on the line for the Chicago Bulls on Monday when they battle the Philadelphia 76ers at United Center.

ABOUT THE 76ERS (14-14): Philadelphia will be taking the court for the first time since suffering a heartbreaking 119-117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in triple-overtime on Friday. Embiid logged a career-high 48 minutes and scored 34 points in the setback and Simmons came up one rebound shy of a triple-double, but the 76ers still suffered their fourth straight single-digit defeat. “We put ourselves in a great position to really be in the game,” small forward Robert Covington told reporters. “It was unfortunate that we took a loss. These are the types of losses that hurt the worst, especially all the fight we put into the game.”

ABOUT THE BULLS (8-20): Portis scored a career-high 27 points and Mirotic added 22 in a 115-109 win at Milwaukee on Friday, and the two are moving beyond their off-the-court issues. “Everything is the team,” Portis told reporters. “We’re professionals, we’re basketball players and this is our job. We have to come in every day and find a way to make it work and I feel like we’ve done it to this point. It’s been fun playing with Niko. He’s a hell of a player. He’s been playing out of his mind since he’s been back. I’m happy for him. I’m happy to have him back.” Mirotic scored at least 22 points in each of the last three games and is shooting 56.3 percent from the floor in that span.

Oddsmakers opened the 76ers as -1.5-point favorites versus the Bulls, while the game’s total opened at 209.5.

The Philadelphia 76ers might be the hot up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference, but the Chicago Bulls are starting to show that their rebuilding process is moving in the right direction as well. The Bulls will try to pull off their sixth consecutive victory when they host the 76ers on Monday.

Chicago’s winning streak coincides directly with the return of power forward Nikola Mirotic, who missed the first 23 games recovering from facial fractures after a fight with fellow forward Bobby Portis during training camp. Portis and Mirotic are not speaking off the court, but the two are becoming a dynamic duo between the lines and are averaging a combined 35.6 points over the last five games. Philadelphia has its own dynamic duo in point guard Ben Simmons and center Joel Embiid, but the two managed to lead their team to just one win in the last six games. “We all want it all yesterday; it’s the nature of all of us, especially in this city,” 76ers coach Brett Brown told the team’s website. “The evolution of our guys, where we are right now, what I feel in the locker room, what I feel at the practice facility, I’m proud of our guys, and I’m confident in our team, and the way we’re trying to steer the program.”

The Bulls were a 115-109 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bucks. They covered the +8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (224) made winners of OVER bettors.

Philadelphia was a 119-117 loser in its last match at home against the Thunder. They failed to cover the -1.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 236 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Philadelphia:
Team record: 14-14 SU,16-11-1 ATS
Philadelphia is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Philadelphia’s last 17 games on the road

Chicago:
Team record: 8-20 SU,15-12-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Chicago is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Sacramento Tuesday, December 19
Chicago home to Orlando Wednesday, December 20

NBA Sports Betting Tips
1. Bulls rookie PF Lauri Markkanen (back spasms) missed the last three games and is day-to-day.

2. 76ers PF Trevor Booker (ankle) left Friday’s game and was already ruled out for Monday.

3. The Bulls took three of the four meetings last season, with Philadelphia’s lone win coming at Chicago on March 24.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks:  Philadelphia 76ers will cover the spread at -2½ and the game will go over 210 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: 76ers 115, Bulls 111 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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