The Bulls and 76ers square off in game 4 this afternoon.
The Bulls and 76ers square off in game 4 this afternoon. REUTERS

The Philadelphia 76ers hold a somewhat surprising 2-1 lead over the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series heading into game four Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.

The Bulls won game one by a 103-91 score but lost reining MVP Derrick Rose to an ACL tear in the fourth quarter. Since then the series has been all Philadelphia, with the 76ers taking a 109-92 win in game two then scrapping through a 79-74 win on Friday in game three.

In addition to being short Rose, the Bulls are now going to be without Jokim Noah who is doubtful with an ankle injury for game four.

For the 76ers the series has thus far been about their ability to be scrappy and play as a team, as well as the emergence of Evan Turner as their go to player.

The Bulls need to find someone to step up and take the lead with two of their best players on the bench. Chicago fans will undoubtedly look to Carlos Boozer to carry the team in the absence of Rose and Noah.

Where to watch: The game can be viewed online at It will also be broadcast nationally on ABC at 1 p.m. ET.

Prediction: Chicago is reeling from the injuries and the knowledge that without Rose their title hopes are probably dashed. Philadelphia sees an opening to knock off the top dog in the playoffs and is coming together at the right time to do it.

Predicted Score: Philadelphia over Chicago 90-82