|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe 50-16 Chicago Bulls have reached a tie with the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the NBA. This is in spite of the Bulls' top player, Derrick Rose, being injured for much of the season. The Bulls will be playing against the 35-31 Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. The first game will be this Saturday afternoon at Chicago's United Center.
The Bulls will be trying this year to get into the NBA Finals after losing to Miami in the conference finals last year. The Sixers will simply be trying to advance. They lost in the first round of the playoffs last year.
The Bulls went 2-1 during the regular season with the Sixers. Their last game was an 89-80 Bulls win on March 17.
The Chicago Bulls have been impacted by Derrick Rose's health issues. Rose was only in 39 games this year. He did lead the Bulls with 21.8 points per game this season.
Joakim Noah has risen to be a more substantial threat. The center has 10.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The Bulls also have one of the league's top benches. C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver, Jimmy Butler and Ronnie Brewer have combined to score very close to thirty points a game off of the bench.
The Philadelphia 76ers has one of the better defenses in the NBA betting stats. The Sixers gave up a little less than ninety points per game, thus making them third in the NBA.
Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams have been bench players all year long. Young has only started one game while Williams hasn't started at all. Still, they are both proving to be two of the more valuable players on the Sixers. They are getting more than twenty minutes of playing time per game. In fact, Williams leads the team with 14.8 points per game. Both of these players rested their team's last two games and they should be ready to compete for the 76ers during this series.
The Chicago Bulls have 7/2 odds of winning the NBA title, thus making them second behind Miami's 21/10 odds. The 76ers have 100/1 odds. This is the second worst rating in the NBA and is only ahead of Utah's 150/1.