On Wednesday, March 22, the Philadelphia 76ers face the Chicago Bulls in the second game of a home-and-home series. On Monday night, the Bulls won in double overtime, 109-105, thanks to another MVP-level performance from Joel Embiid. The 76ers had one of their worst offensive performances of the season, and one expects them to try to make amends for an exceedingly sloppy showing against an Eastern Conference underdog.
Harden finished with five points on 2-14 shooting from the field, and while he added 12 assists, he devalued that distribution with five turnovers. Harden is averaging 21.4 points per game on 61% true shooting this season, transforming himself into the ideal second star and primary distributor for the 76ers after some feared he was done after last season’s poor playoff performance.
Last year’s late-season slump was the result of a recurring hamstring issue, and he is still one of the best in the game when fit. The only problem is that Harden is suddenly out of commission. Doc Rivers disclosed during Monday’s game that Harden was suffering from achilles soreness, which restricted his performance and was obvious in retrospect.
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It’s probable that this problem has been present for some time, given Harden has had a string of poor performances in recent games. Harden’s points prop for Wednesday is set at 19.5 points, which is lower than his season average of 21.3 points, but Harden has failed to score 20 points or more in five of his last six games. In the same time frame, he’s also shooting 21.4% from three and 34.9% from the field.
While Harden has been designated as questionable for Wednesday’s game, we can expect him to play. Harden has been criticized for a variety of reasons throughout his career (the aesthetics of his iso-heavy style, terrible postseason performances, multiple trade demands, etc. ), but he’s been a reliable player who avoids load management as a general.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Chicago Bulls Game Information
- Date: 03/22/2023
- Time: 08:10 PM ET
- Location: United Center.
- How to Watch 76ers vs Bulls: NBC Sports Boston
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
76ers vs Bulls Betting Lines
Bulls are +140 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $140. On the other side, 76ers are –160 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $62.50.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Bulls at a 41.67% chance of winning the game, meanwhile 76ers have 61.54% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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