4* NBA SMASH
Philadelphia vs. Chicago,
05/08/2012 21:30 EDT,
Score: 69 - 77
Point Spread: -5/-102 Chicago
4* NBA SMASH on Bulls -5
The fact odds makers have made the Bulls this large of a favorite following 3 straight losses to the 76ers is significant. That's because home favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points that are out for revenge for a loss to a team that held them to less than 85 points, provided the home side has a winning percentage of 60-75% and is matched up against a foe with a winning record, are 40-15 ATS the last 5 seasons. Teams fitting these situation parameters have won by an average of 11.1 points.
In addition, Chicago is a potent 14-4 ATS when out for revenge for 3 straight losses to an opponent over the last 3 seasons.
The Bulls are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite. Also, the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Bulls are without 2 key pieces, but they still have enough talent to get the job done tonight. We'll lay the points as home court makes all the difference in this do-or-die spot.