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Bulls Vs. 76ers: Vegas Still Likes Chicago In 1st Round Series

Losing Derrick Rose hurt Chicago's playoff chances, of course, but handicappers at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas don't see that injury getting in the way of a first round series win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The MGM Grand Race & Sports Book still has the Bulls as a -600 favorite for the seven-game series, which the Bulls lead 1-0. Oddsmakers in Vegas and overseas have the Bulls winning Tuesday’s game by 6 to 6 ½ points.

"His injury is key " MGM Grand Sports Book Director Jay Rood wrote in an e-mail. "But not as big if he had played every game and we didn't know how the team would play without him. We have a good sample size on that this year so it removes some uncertainty."


Related: Chicago Bulls Notebook: Derrick Rose's Torn ACL Kills Hopes And Dreams

As for Chicago's NBA championship odds, MGM has moved them from 9-5 to 9-2.

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