Saturday , Apr , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bulls, Sixers battle for playoff spot

(Sports Network) – Two teams battling for the eighth and final playoff berth
in the Eastern Conference clash tonight, as the slumping Philadelphia 76ers
visit the streaking Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

The Bulls are one game ahead of the Sixers for the eighth spot in the East.

Chicago enters tonight’s contest on a four-game winning streak. A win tonight
would give the Bulls a season-high five straight wins.

The Bulls last win cam against Philadelphia. On Wednesday, Andres Nocioni and
Ben Gordon each scored 21 points, as Chicago Bulls knocked off the Sixers,
99-92, at the Wachovia Center.

Nocioni also pulled down 13 rebounds, while Tyson Chandler grabbed 15 boards
to go along with nine points in the win over Philadelphia for Bulls, who have
won six of their last seven contests overall.

Chicago, which will host the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday, is 18-19 at the
United Center this season. The Bulls have won two in a row as the host.

Philadelphia enters tonight’s contest on a three-game losing streak. On
Friday, Paul Pierce had 33 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to lead the
Boston Celtics to a 109-99 victory over the Sixers at the Wachovia Center.

Allen Iverson had 37 points and five assists and Chris Webber added 18 points
and 11 boards in the loss to Boston for the Sixers, who have dropped 10 of
their last 13 games overall.

The Sixers are 13-23 on the road this season.

Chicago has won two of the three meetings between the squads this season. The
Sixers have lost two straight in the Windy City.