Bulls vs. 76ers NBA PRO Report: Sharps Taking Chicago To Cover (Friday, Feb. 19)

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Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Billy Donovan and Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls.

  • The Bulls have been a strong team against the spread this season, something sharp action is aware of ahead of Friday's game with the 76ers.
  • Michael Walton lays out how the line on Chicago's visit to Philadelphia has moved.

NBA Odds: Bulls vs. Sixers

Bulls Odds +8
Sixers Odds -8
Over/Under 229
Time | Channel 7:30 p.m. ET | ESPN

The Bulls head into Philadelphia for their only national TV game of the first half of the regular season. Chicago has been on a slight roll as of late, winning three of their last four games, including back-to-back games in which they covered.

Chicago has a top-20 offense, powered by the incredibly efficient Zach LaVine. This will be an intriguing matchup because the Bulls’ improved offense under new head coach Billy Donovan will be pitted against a dominant Sixers defense.

Philadelphia’s Defensive Rating is sixth in the NBA this season, according to NBA Advanced Stats. The 76ers have struggled without center Joel Embiid manning the paint, but they bounced back with a home win over the Rockets on Wednesday night in Embiid’s return.

Philadelphia has failed to cover in their last four games and though it has had injury issues, Embiid played in three of those four games.

The Sixers are perhaps getting a bit too much respect against a newly competent Bulls team with a streaky, yet dangerous, offense. This is an idea supported by our PRO Report. Let’s take a look.

NBA Picks: Bulls vs. Sixers

Sharp Action

The line for this Eastern Conference showdown opened at Bulls +9.5 before a flurry of action pushed this line down to +8.

There have been three Action Labs Bet Signals since this morning indicating sharp action on Chicago.

Big Money

The Action Network’s public betting information shows that Bulls bettors have generated 81% of the money wagered on Friday’s Bulls-Sixers matchup.

The fact that the biggest bets made on this game have been placed on Chicago is another indicator of sharp action heading into Friday night.

PRO Report Pick: Bulls +8

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