Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game. In what could be a 1st round match-up in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Boston Celtics travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls in the 3rd and final regular season meeting between the two teams. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The biggest news coming out of Chicago ahead of this game is the health status of Lonzo Ball and it doesn’t sound good for Bulls fans. The level of concern is rising among the team’s medical staff for Ball’s condition and according to the latest reports, he is more likely to miss the remainder of the year than to come back.
That is a big blow to their ambitions as Ball brins so much for them, both defensively but also as a playmaker. This team has yet again failed to beat a top 3 team from either conference as they lost by 21 points last night at home to the Milwaukee Bucks. DeMar DeRozan did his part with 30 points, but with Zach LaVine out and Nikola Vucevic scoring only 7 points on 3-for-19 shooting, it’s hard to beat the defending champions.
Boston holds the number 2 seed currently in the East, which means they would be going up against the 7th seed which is the winner of the Cavs/Nets play-in match-up as things stand. Not ideal if you ask most Celtics fans, but this team has been so good after the all-star break, they shouldn’t be scared of whoever they get to play in the 1st round.
They are coming off a big home win over Washington on Sunday 144-102, Jaylen Brown went for 32 points, while Jayson Tatum added 22 with both of them playing just 29 minutes in the blowout win. It was the 7th time in 10 games they were able to cover the spread, they also have 13 wins in their last 16 games overall. On the road they’ve been a dominant 12-2 SU in their last 14 and against the Bulls they’ve got 13 wins in the last 18 meetings.
Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are all on the injury report, but should be ready to go tonight. Celtics have won 15 of 19 games vs Eastern Conference teams, I like them against a Bulls team that is 0-17 in games vs Top 3 teams from each conference this season.
Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics Predictions & Odds
Defence is what got the Celtics to the number 2 seed in the East and that is what will get them the win in tonight’s game against the Bulls. The last 10 meetings between the 2 teams have seen the under last 6 times, while an average of 218.2 points per game have been scored during that stretch.
The total has also gone under in 11 of the last 13 games played at the United Center between these 2 teams, so things are looking promising for tonight’s game as well. Without Zach LaVine last night, the Bulls managed to score only 106 points on the Bucks and in the game prior to that vs Miami they managed only 109 points, both home games.
The total has gone under in 14 of their last 20 games, including 9 of their last 11 vs Eastern Conference opponents. With the uncertainty surrounding LaVine’s status for tonight and the fact that 12 of the last 18 meetings have finished under the total, I am expecting a slower paced game between 2 teams looking to improve their playoff seeding. Whoever gets more stops will win this game, so let’s go with the under.