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Bulls vs. 76ers pick against the spread, over/under for Monday, December 18

We go over some of the best betting options for Monday’s matchup between the Bulls and 76ers.

Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers and DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls speak during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center on March 20, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The Chicago Bulls (10-17) will hope to pull off the upset when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers (18-7) Monday evening. After appearing to have some life with a four-game winning streak, the Bulls have lost three of their last four heading into this matchup. The 76ers are on a six-game winning streak as they maintain their position near the top of the Eastern Conference.

Alex Caruso is questionable for the Bulls with an ankle issue. Zach LaVine remains out with a long-term foot injury. The 76ers are clean on the injury front.

The 76ers are 11-point favorites according to DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total sitting at 227.5. Philadelphia is -575 on the moneyline while Chicago comes in at +425.

Bulls vs. 76ers, 7 p.m. ET

Pick ATS: 76ers -11

The 76ers have a league-best 18-7 ATS mark, identical to their record overall. Philadelphia has covered in five straight games, with four of those spreads being double digits. Joel Embiid is in fine form, with the reigning league MVP averaging 40 points and 12.8 rebounds per game on 62/41/92 shooting splits.

The Bulls have played well of late, covering the spread in seven of their last eight contests. They’ve been in the underdog role five times during that stretch, and covered each time. Chicago has not missed much of a beat since LaVine’s absence, but this might be too big a mountain to climb. I’ll take the Sixers to keep dominating.

Over/Under: Over 227.5

These teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to scoring. The 76ers are one of the top offensive teams in the league, averaging 122.9 points per game. The Bulls rank 26th in the category at 109.9 points per game. However, Chicago has picked things up offensively of late with 119.2 points per game over the last five games. The Bulls have gone over their totals in the last five, and 10 of the last 11. The 76ers have gone under in their last two games but had eight straight overs prior to that. I’ll take the over here.