Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics - 1/4/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Celtics (24-8) at Chicago Bulls (13-22)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Boston Celtics look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 111.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 22.5 points and 5.2 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 21.3 points and seven rebounds. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won three straight road games.
The Chicago Bulls look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 105.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.4 points and 4.6 rebounds while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Cody White is dishing 2.2 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have split their last six home games.
The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulls are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog, 15-32 ATS in their last 47 home games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The under is 7-1 in Celtics last 8 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 7-3 in Bulls last 10 home games. The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings in Chicago.
The Boston Celtics are on the end of a back to back and are still a bit banged up, but that's about the only reasons to not like them in this spot. The Chicago Bulls haven't had a whole lot of success against the better teams in the league, and they're allowing 46.9 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. The Celtics have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Bulls and are 10-5-1 ATS on the road. I'll gladly lay the bucket in this spot.