Bulls vs 76ers Picks and Predictions for February 19

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Updated: February 19, 2021

The Bulls (16-11 ATS), led by offensive dynamo Zach LaVine, have been a tough out for most teams this season and should be able to play the 76ers close on Friday night.

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Friday night’s NBA betting action is highlighted by the Eastern Conference’s top team take on another club vying for a playoff spot, with the Philadelphia 76ers welcoming the Chicago Bulls to town. 

Can Chicago keep their good form going and upset Philadelphia to earn a third consecutive victory? Check out our NBA free picks and predictions for Bulls vs. 76ers on Friday, February 19, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers betting preview

Injuries

Bulls: Otto Porter Jr. SF (Out), Lauri Markkanen PF (Out).
76ers: Shake Milton PG (Questionable), Ben Simmons PG (Probable).
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Betting trend to know

The Bulls are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games. Find more NBA betting trends for Mavericks vs. Rockets.

The line opened at Philadelphia -9.5, with the total at 229.5. Early action has not moved either number. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Against the spread (ATS) pick

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the Bulls are a different team without pseudo-Gregg Popovich/former head coach Jim Boylen prowling the sideline. Chicago has been a tough out for most teams all season long, currently winners of two straight while four of its last five losses have come by a combined 11 points. The Bulls’ 16-11 ATS record is indicative of who they are: a middle-of-the-pack team that can play even the most difficult of opponents tough. 

And a difficult opponent is exactly who the Bulls will see on Friday night.

Despite having just snapped a three-game losing streak, Philadelphia sits atop the Eastern Conference at 19-10. It is getting career-best play out of its two franchise cornerstones, with Joel Embiid in the MVP mix and Ben Simmons possibly the Defensive Player of the Year favorite at the moment. However, the 76ers do make a habit out of letting teams back in games, going 14-14-1 ATS on the season. After dominating the Rockets in the first half on Wednesday, the Sixers were outscored 70-49 in the second half to let Houston cover.

With Chicago’s penchant for playing teams close and a generous line, we’ll take the Bulls to cover on Friday night. 

PREDICTION: Bulls +9.5 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

Though Philadelphia is led by two All-Defense level players in Simmons and Embiid, this matchup has the makings of a high-scoring affair.

On one end, Chicago should be completely overmatched by Embiid. The MVP candidate has been matchup-proof in 2021 and the Bulls’ platoon of Thaddeus Young and Wendell Carter Jr. will be of little resistance. Philadelphia can manufacture offense whenever its needs it in this one, dumping it off to Embiid in the post and letting the big go to work down low.

On the other end, the Bulls have a force of their own to rely on. Offensive dynamo Zach LaVine is having the best season of his career, pouring in 28.5 points a night on 52/44/85 shooting splits (he’s also averaging career-highs with 5.2 assists per game and 5.5 rebounds per game). The former dunk contest champion has become a three-level scorer, capable of producing offense out of nowhere. While Simmons has stymied some of the league’s best this year, LaVine’s form in 2021 is nearly matchup proof. Even with a tough opponent, expect Chicago to put up points. 

With neither the Bulls (15-12 O/U) or the 76ers (17-12 O/U) consistently hitting the Under, we like this one to go Over in what should be a fun contest. 

PREDICTION: Over 229.5 (-110)

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Bulls vs 76ers betting card

  • Bulls +9.5 (-110)
  • Over 229.5 (-110)

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