Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics Predictions

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Wizards

WAS

Hornets

CHA

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:00 AM
Heat

MIA

-110

+8.5

Celtics

BOS

-110

-8.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:30 AM
Lakers

LAL

-105

+8.5

Bucks

MIL

-115

-8.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:30 AM
Magic

ORL

-115

+10.5

Cavaliers

CLE

-105

-10.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:30 AM
Nuggets

DEN

-110

-1.5

Hawks

ATL

-110

+1.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:30 AM
Raptors

TOR

-110

+2.5

Nets

BKN

-110

-2.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:30 AM
76ers

PHI

-115

+5.5

Grizzlies

MEM

-105

-5.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 1:00 AM
Pelicans

NOP

-110

-7.5

Spurs

SAS

-110

+7.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 1:00 AM
Pacers

IND

-115

+5.5

Jazz

UTA

-105

-5.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 2:00 AM
Rockets

HOU

-110

+11.5

Suns

PHX

-110

-11.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 2:00 AM
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Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics Predictions

Two solid defensive efforts in consecutive games have earned the Chicago Bulls two wins in a row and now they head to Boston in hopes of winning their 3rd straight. Can the Celtics improve on their 4-3 record after losing a tough one in Cleveland? Tip-off is set for 7.30 pm ET on ESPN.

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Point Spread: Bulls +7

Chicago actually beat the Celtics earlier this season 120-102, but playing them on the road will be a much harder task as they’ve won just twice in the last 8 meetings at TD Garden. They will continue to be without Lonzo Ball and Andre Drummond, while Coby White is doubtful as he recovers from a quad issue. Chicago might miss Drummond a bit here as he had 12 boards in the win over Boston earlier this season, but they still have their chances. Both DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine are playing at a high level, Nikola Vucevic looks to repeat his 18 points and 23 rebound performance from the 1st meeting of the season. The Bulls enter the night as 7-point underdogs, they’ve covered the spread in the last 5 of 6 meetings with the Celtics.

Boston’s biggest let down so far this season has been their defense. They currently rank only 19th in adjusted defensive rating and a bit reason for that has been their rebounding. At the moment only 3 teams in the entire NBA average less rebounds per game than the Celtics at 50 a night, I just can’t see how they fix this issue until Robert Williams returns from injury. In their latest loss to Cleveland they did win the rebounding battle just barely, but in the end they fell short after a sub-par shooting night from the entire team. The cs are just 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games vs Eastern Conference teams, but the good news is outside of Danilo Gallinari and Robert Williams they have no lingering injuries on the team.

After a less than impressive start to the season, it’s hard for me to back the Celtics to dominate here. They will probably win, but I’m expecting a close game, so backing the Bulls to cover is the way to go here.

Total Points: Under 223

The first meeting of the season finished with a combined total of 222 points which is just in line with tonight’s projected total of 223 points. With that said, I think the Celtics will make their adjustments here and put in a lot more effort on the defensive side of the ball. That’s been the scenario in 6 of the last 8 meetings between these two teams as the under has cashed.

The Bulls also tend to slow things down on the road, their last 8 of 11 games have all gone under the total, and I fancy those trends to continue tonight after seeing them hold their last two opponents to just 88 and 99 points. Both teams rank in the bottom half of the NBA in terms of pace, the Celtics are only 26th averaging 99.7 possessions per game. Combine that with Chicago being 7th in the league in defensive efficiency, I think tonight’s game has the under written all over it.


Wizards

WAS

Hornets

CHA

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:00 AM
Heat

MIA

-110

o224.5

Celtics

BOS

-110

u224.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:30 AM
Lakers

LAL

-110

o228.5

Bucks

MIL

-110

u228.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:30 AM
Magic

ORL

-115

o214.5

Cavaliers

CLE

-105

u214.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:30 AM
Nuggets

DEN

-110

o231.5

Hawks

ATL

-110

u231.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:30 AM
Raptors

TOR

-110

o223.5

Nets

BKN

-110

u223.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 12:30 AM
76ers

PHI

-115

o218.5

Grizzlies

MEM

-105

u218.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 1:00 AM
Pelicans

NOP

-115

o231.5

Spurs

SAS

-105

u231.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 1:00 AM
Pacers

IND

-110

o238.5

Jazz

UTA

-110

u238.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 2:00 AM
Rockets

HOU

-110

o229.5

Suns

PHX

-110

u229.5

NBA | Sat 12/03, 2:00 AM

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