The Chicago Bulls got very lucky last year when they ended up with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. They're on the verge of another positive development this season -- one that they've had to earn with strong play.The Bulls look to take another step toward a playoff spot Thursday night as they go for their sixth straight home victory in a matchup with the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.
The Bulls (38-40) can secure their return to the postseason after a one-year absence if they beat Philadelphia and Charlotte loses to Oklahoma City on Friday night.
While the 76ers have a bit of a cushion over the Bulls, it won't last long if they don't start playing better.
After posting a season-low point total in a 96-67 loss to New Jersey on Sunday, the 76ers fell 101-98 at Charlotte on Tuesday for their third straight road defeat and second consecutive loss overall since a three-game win streak.
Philadelphia erased a 20-point second-quarter deficit and took a three-point lead with 1:42 remaining Tuesday, but was outscored 6-0 the rest of the way.
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