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Bulls vs. Sixers game preview and LIVE OPEN THREAD: another road test

Sixers are shorthanded but still dangerous

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Bulls have been rolling this season, culminating in a road victory in Boston.

It’s hard to win on the road! So though the Sixers are missing a few key players tonight, it is not to be considered a gimmee by any stretch. In fact the gambling odds still have the Bulls as underdogs. The disrespect!!!

Philly still has Joel Embiid, who was out their last game and took a knee MRI but the team is maintaining it was scheduled rest. Embiid is likely going to try and feast tonight, not just because he’ll be one of the few remaining offensive weapons but because the Bulls vulnerabilities defensively include post defense and rim protection. Tony Bradley has helped on that front off the bench, supplanting forward-sized Alize Johnson in the rotation that last 2 games.

Embiid and Bradley have a history, but unlike several opposing centers this is a friendly one:

And even without Embiid, the Sixers scrapped together a win against the Blazers.

Probably won’t matter because the Bulls are not only good, but seem focused to the point where a potential egg-laying is unlikely. They’ve had 2 straight games where a less intense team would’ve folded, but this crew seems different. Eh they’re still ultimately an NBA team so it can still happen.

Injury Report:

No changes for the Bulls

For Philly, Tobias Harris is missing both games against the Bulls after testing positive for COVID. Danny Green is also OUT with a hamstring strain.

GAME TIME: 6pm Central