|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe first round NBA playoff series between the Bulls and Sixers leaves the United Center aka "The Madhouse on Madison" in the Windy City and settles into the City of Brotherly Love for the next two contests. Tonight's game in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center is scheduled to tip off at 8:00ET and can be seen nationally on ESPN2.
All you need to know about game one of this series is Chicago won the game, but lost Derrick Rose in the process. With just 1:20 remaining and the Bulls up 12, Rose was still on the court much to the dismay of some fans, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg. He of course will miss the remainder of the basketball betting postseason. As already mentioned, the Bulls emerged victorious in that one 103-91.
That was of little consolation going into game two on Tuesday. All eyes were on Chicago to see how they would respond to the loss of their superstar. It looked like they may be alright, especially after Derrick Rose himself, limped to mid court prior to the game to hand the ceremonial jump ball to the referee. The hometown fans, of course, gave him a rousing ovation.
Early on, it appeared the Bulls might "stay the course" leading Philadelphia 55-47 at the half, after their 8-0 run ended the second quarter. However, things quickly changed after halftime. In the third quarter, the 76er's outscored Chicago 36-14. Some credit must be given to Philly coach Doug Collins for making adjustments at the break and some concern must be shown by the Bulls as reality set in after the emotional start.
Philadelphia was 27 for 42 shooting from the field in the second half for a very healthy percentage of 64 percent. Jrue Holiday sparked the 109-92 Sixers win with 26 points. Joakim Noah played well for Chicago with 10-11 shooting, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng both had off nights for the Bulls, so if Deng's injury is looking more serious in the post-season, click here to see if it changes the odds before tonight's Bulls-76ers game..
Philadelphia is just a slight 1.5 point home favorite even against the Rose-less Bulls on a $110/$100 moneyline. The same moneyline exists on the over/under of 179 total points.