Oct 28, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after a three-point basket during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The Sixers and Bulls matchup at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, November, 3rd
Philadelphia remains without Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris is expected to miss this game through health and safety protocols
Read below for the latest 76ers vs Bulls odds, a betting preview and a prediction
The Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls meet at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, November 3rd. This has the makings of an intriguing duel between two of the East’s best teams outside Brooklyn and Milwaukee, but player absences will unfortunately deprive us of such a contest.
Chicago is 6-1 and top of the East. Their busy offseason has reaped immediate rewards, with DeMar DeRozan flourishing alongside Zach LaVine. Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball have provided much-needed perimeter defense. Philly is surprisingly 5-2 after beating Portland on Monday without Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
The Bulls are surprisingly short road underdogs, perhaps due to Philly’s formidable home record over the last few years. Chicago is 6-1 ATS on the year, and the Sixers are 4-2.
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Tobias Harris missed Monday’s game with Portland due to health and safety protocols. The former Clipper is set to miss several games according to Shams Charania. While he’s not been ruled out officially for Wednesday’s contest with the Bulls, it seems very unlikely Harris will be available.
76ers forward Tobias Harris is expected to miss several games in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Harris entered protocols tonight.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 1, 2021
Ben Simmons, of course, is still not playing. Danny Green featured on Monday despite appearing on the injury report, and Joel Embiid took the game off for some rest. Embiid’s knee has been troubling him since a collision in the season opener, but the MVP candidate should be active on Wednesday after taking Monday night off.
Chicago is without Patrick Williams (wrist) for the foreseeable future. Coby White (shoulder) is still a long way from returning. Javonte Green has been starting on the wing in Williams’ absence.
Embiid and Vucevic Matchup
While the Sixers rode big nights from Andre Drummond, Seth Curry and Georges Niang to see off the struggling Blazers, they are going to be reliant on Embiid when they take on the Bulls. Chicago’s perimeter defense from Ball and Caruso has been good so far this year, which should make life more difficult for the Sixers’ shooters.
“I’m talking to myself!”
Joel Embiid was called for a tech after this dunk 😅 pic.twitter.com/W40yg6nnPg
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 29, 2021
Despite preseason defensive concerns, Chicago has excelled on that side of the ball, and ranks fifth in defensive rating. Nikola Vucevic is arguably their biggest weak spot, and this is a nightmare matchup for the former Magic big man. Embiid went seven-for-11 from the field with eight free throw attempts in just 26 minutes in a blowout win when these two last faced off.
Embiid had an MRI on his sore right knee over the weekend which revealed no concerns, according to sources. Sitting this game is for rest, since Sixers have packed schedule. He’s expected back on Wednesday. https://t.co/Kve1flM3xW
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) November 1, 2021
The knee issue has clearly been problematic for Embiid at points this season, contributing to him scoring just 21 points per game and shooting only 43% from the field. The Sixers will hope taking a game off has helped him, and Vucevic is the ideal opponent for Embiid to boost his season numbers. Philly will need a dominant Embiid at both ends of the court to keep pace with these Bulls.
Take the Bulls
Dealing with Embiid is a problem for Chicago, but his performances so far this season help to ease those concerns. While the Sixers are coming off a great win, the Blazers aren’t playing anywhere near the same level as the Bulls right now.
— Ahmed 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) November 2, 2021
Chicago is harmonious on offense and hustling on defense. They put in a spectacular fourth quarter to beat the Celtics. This is a high-powered offense, and with no Harris, Philly could struggle to keep pace.
Curry, Niang, Furkan Korkmaz, Shake Milton and Tyrese Maxey have given Doc Rivers some good production, but it’s a big ask for them to provide enough against a Bulls offense with DeRozan, LaVine and Vucevic.
Given the Sixers’ 46-30-2 home record ATS since the start of last season, the Bulls are in tough, but seem to be the right side. They would be well-matched at full strength. Chicago is clearly the better team with no Simmons or Harris, though, and they’re good value to extend their strong start against the spread – especially getting points.
Pick: Chicago +1.5 (-110)