Sixers vs. Bulls: Game 5 TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and More

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 06: Kyle Korver #26 of the Chicago Bulls and Elton Brand #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers battle for position in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 6, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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With a chance to send the No. 1 overall seed Chicago Bulls home early, the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers need to put the throttle to the floor and finish their Eastern Conference foe off while they can (PHI leads 3-1).

The Bulls are still a deep team with tons of talent that can get hot on any given day. If the Sixers don’t put the Bulls out of their misery, they could come back to make this series a lot more interesting than it should be.

Where: United Center, Chicago, IL

When: Tuesday, May 8, 8:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NBA TV

Live Stream: NBA League Pass

Betting Line (according to Yahoo! Sports)

Spread: Chicago -5, Over/Under: 171.5

As hard as it is to see Chicago getting bounced in five games during the first round, there is little doubt that the Derrick Rose-less Bulls aren’t the same team. I will take Philadelphia for the outright win and take the under because neither team has any offensive consistency right now.



CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls lays on the floor aftrer suffering an injury against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 28, 20
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Key Injuries (via CBS Sports):


No Injuries to Report


Joakim Noah, C, Out for Game 5

Derrick Rose, PG, Out for Season



What’s at Stake?

For the Bulls, the entire season culminates in one game. If they want to make a last-ditch effort at a run, Chicago must come out and leave it all on the floor. Philadelphia needs to withstand the Bulls' opening surge and play their style of defense until Chi-town finally submits.



What They're Saying

CEO and Co-Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers Adam Aron talks about the city’s enthusiasm towards their team:

@Sixers and Bulls... C O N F E T T I. Now up 3-1 in series. Thank you to our players, talk of the town.

— Adam Aron (@SixersCEOAdam) May 6, 2012

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph loves playoff basketball, but isn’t fond of this series so far:

I love playoff basketball, but this Bulls Sixers series is tough to watch..

— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) May 6, 2012

ChiTown Sports couldn’t have sounded more jaded if they had tried. Maybe next year…

C'mon Sixers. You can't really believe you're beating a true #1 seed... The #Bulls are crippled

— ChiTown (@ChiTownSports) May 7, 2012



Most Important Player to Watch: Evan Turner

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 04: Evan Turner #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates a 79-74 win over the Chicago Bulls in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 4, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pen
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The Bulls' worst position has been shooting guard all season, but most experts didn’t believe the Sixers had a player that could capitalize on that weakness. That was until Evan Turner stepped up and took the starting job.

In the Conference Quarterfinals, Turner is averaging 14 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and a steal per game; not to mention the stellar defense he has been showing.

If Philadelphia can get their young shooter hitting his shot on a more consistent basis, Turner could really be the future of the franchise like they thought he would be when they took him No. 2 overall.



Key Matchup: Andre Iguodala vs. Luol Deng

With Derrick Rose out, the offensive pressure falls to the shoulder of Bulls small forward Luol Deng; that’s why the team is down 3-1 in the series. If Chicago wants any chance to advance to the next round, they need to get Deng going and fast.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 04: Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls drives on Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 4, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pen
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The problem is that the Sixers have shut-down defender Andre Iguodala draped all over him. This will become battle of which star can get on track offensively first and whose defense will hold on the longest.



Prediction: Sixers 83, Bulls 79

After a long season and a heartbreaking first-round series, the Sixers will put Chicago out of their misery and begin their run towards an NBA Championship. Injuries have played a huge role in this series, but Philadelphia deserves plenty of credit for their play.


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