Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers: will the “Bulls” take advantage of the guests' problems?
Chicago vs. Philadelphia: Prediction for the NBA match (March 12, 2021)
On March 12, basketball returns to "United Center". On this day, "Chicago" will play at home against "Philadelphia". Will the home arena help the "Bulls"? Read in our prediction.
"Chicago" left for the break with a victory. In the last match, the "Bulls" beat "New Orleans" (128-124) away. Thus, the "Bulls" interrupted their losing streak, which consisted of two consecutive matches. Before that, they lost at home to "Phoenix" (97-106) and "Denver" (112-116).
"Chicago Bulls" continue to occupy ninth place in the standings of the East. This position allows Billy Donovan's players to hope to get into the playoffs. At least it gives the right to participate in the first round. According to the new rules, the first ten teams from each conference will participate in a play-in tournament to get the chance to advance to the conference playoffs.
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"Philadelphia" will visit Chicago with a weakened squad. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will not help their team in this meeting as these players are in quarantine. This, of course, will significantly weaken the "Seventy-sixers", because without the Cameroonian they play much worse.
Despite staffing problems, Doc Rivers' guys feel quite comfortable. At the moment they occupy the first position in the standings of the Eastern Conference. If they lose the match, they may lose the first place, but this is unlikely to be a critical situation.
The Pennsylvania team won their last matches. "Indiana" has been beaten first (130-114), then "Philadelphia" also succeeded over "Utah" (131-123). Of course, Joel Embiid played then.
- "Philadelphia" have won their last five head-to-head meetings.
- The "Sixers" have lost 4 of their last 5 away matches.
- At home, "Chicago" has won 3 of their last 5 matches.
In the previous match against "Utah", Embiid scored 40 points and had 19 rebounds. It's hard to imagine what will happen to "Philadelphia" without the Cameroonian. In this case, the chances of "Sixers" will significantly decrease, so we doubt that the outcome of the meeting will be positive for them.
Most likely, the "76-ers" will not be able to take away the victory from "United Center". "Chicago" must-win.
Our prediction is the victory of "Chicago", taking into account the overtime for the odds of 1.68 on 1xbet.