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NBA: Road trip success tipped for midweek treble

| 18.03.2014

Philadelphia are on course to break an unwanted NBA record after losing 21 games in a row and the 76ers will find little respite from the travelling Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls boast the league’s second best defence and will make light work of the 76ers’ offense as part of our midweek treble that also includes spread wins for the high-lying duo of Indiana and San Antonio.

Backing all three to overcome the spread looks a shrewd option with a stake of just £10 paying out a none-too-shabby £69.58.

Chicago Bulls (-13) to beat Philadelphia 76ers @ 10/11

While Chicago’s (37-30) has not set the league alight in the absence of Derrick Rose the Bulls’ defence has had teams on lockdown for the majority of the campaign, with just 92 points allowed per game on average.

Such tight D will ensure the 76ers (15-52) extend their current 21-game skid and take one step closer to the all-time record.

That the Bulls will win is not in doubt but the winning margin is questionable, with just two of Tom Thibodeau’s side’s last seven wins coming by 13 points or more.

However, with Philly going down by an average of 18.14 points during this horrendous slide, the visitors have to be backed to overcome the spread.

Indiana Pacers (-1.5) to beat New York Knicks @ 10/11

That Indiana (50-17) are given just 1.5-point handicap in this match shows the sort of form Mike Woodson’s Knicks (27-40) are in.

New York have won six on the bounce to keep their fading hopes alive and after taking five of the last seven against the Pacers at Madison Square garden the hosts will be bullish about their chances.

However, Indiana are looking to hit the ground running postseason by hitting a run of form and four consecutive league wins is a cause for concern for the Knicks.

The Pacers have won five of the last six against NYC and with the spread as small as it is, the visitors get the nod in this one.

San Antonio Spurs (-13.5) to beat Los Angeles Lakers @10/11

Los Angeles (22-44)( have salvaged a modicum of credibility over recent weeks, but that hard work in  the face of a packed injury list has hit the buffers now.

Mike D’Antoni’s men lost by 34 points last time out and by 29 in the previous game and with the Spurs on an impressive 10-game hot streak disaster looms for the Californian outfit.

San Antonio have won five of their last six on the road and five of their last six visits to the Staples Center and with LA seemingly having clocked off for the season already, expect another thumping in front of the BT Sport cameras.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.