Chicago vs. Philadelphia, 02/09/2020 18:00 EDT, Score: 111 - 118

Total: -110/+213½ Under

Sportsbook: TopBet

Result: Loss

The set-up: The Bulls beat the 76ers 100-89 back in January and I believe that a similar final outcome is in the cards here as well. Chicago has lost four in a row and three straight on the road. The 76ers won't be "looking past" their opponent today either, as they just broke a four-game slide of their own. The Bulls defense has been terrible of late, but they still rank 13th in the league in points allowed per 100 possessions (108.7.) And that doesn't bode well facing this focussed 76ers side which just heldo the Grizzlies to 107 points. And that's good new for Philadelphia, as their offense is ranked 20th in the league at scoring only 108.8 points per 100 possessions.

The pick: Note as well that Chicago has seen the total go under the number in four of its last five after allowing 105 points or more in four straight games, while Philly has seen the total dip below in 11 of 18 already this season after scoring 115 points or more in its previous outing. I expect Chicago to come out hungry and to contest every shot as it tries to get off the schneid and I look for the home side to double down on the defensive end as it looks to gain ground after its recent scuffling stretch. This number is just a tad high.

10* TOTAL PLAY-BOOK on the UNDER Bulls/76ers.

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