The Celtics have been near or slightly below fifty-fifty line all this season. They currently have a record of 17-20, which gives them the ninth best result in the Eastern Conference. From the last 10 games Boston has split wins and losses going 5-5. The bad thing for the Celtics is that they don’t have any valueable win lately winning against the Hornets, Wizards, Warriors, Hawks and Magic (played without traded Mobley at that time). As always Paul Pierce has been the “go to guy” for the Celtics, being the teams topscorer in 5 of last 6 games. Boston has struggled against the strong defensive teams this year (2 losses against the Spurs, 2 losses against the Pistons + losses against the Grizzlies and Bulls itself). No one doubts about Chicago`s ability to defend well so the Celtics could really have an offensive problems tonight.
Would you believe it! Chicago has a record of 17 wins and 18 losses! After being 3-14 at one point of the season they now have gone 14-4 over last 18 games. The Bulls are currently on 7 games winning streak, which they hope to extend in Boston tonight. 5 of those 7 wins have come from homegames and yes, they have had some luck too, but nevertheless the Bulls is looking more and more like a play-off team. Chicago holds 8th spot in the Eastern Conference standings and as Boston is their nearest rival they know how important this game will be.
Boston has a homecourt advantage, but the Bulls have much better momentum going into this game. The Celtics have shown some shaky perfomances against the defensive teams so far in this season so they hardly are favourites here. Both teams met 2 weeks ago in Chicago with the Bulls pulling out a confident victory 102-91. Bookies fancy the Celtics here offering +4.5 points line for the Bulls – we have a different view. Take +4.5 for the Bulls with medium+ stakes.
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