Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls Prediction NBA Picks 3/23/24

Chicago Bulls (34-36) vs Boston Celtics (55-14)

Game Info: Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Bulls +8.5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Celtics vs Bulls prediction.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics have been in terrific form as they've won 19 of their last 21 games overall and they will be gunning for a ninth straight win after blowing past the Pistons in a 129-102 road win last night. Jaylen Brown led the team with 33 points on 13 of 19 shooting, Payton Pritchard added 20 points with nine assists while Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick White each scored 19 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 52 percent from the field and 16 of 45 from the 3-point line as they dominated right from the start, outscoring the Pistons by 37-19 to take the early double-digit lead and they just kept their foot on the gas to extend their current win streak to eight. The Celtics will face the Hawks in a back-to-back set after this game.

Chicago Bulls

Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in decent shape as they've won three of their last five games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back in this spot after getting beaten by the Rockets in a 127-117 road loss on Thursday. Ayo Dosunmu led the team with 35 points on 13 of 18 shooting, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic each scored 16 points while Alex Caruso chipped in with 12 points on three of 11 shooting. As a team, the Bulls shot 45 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line, but they played almost no defense to start the game and were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing 42 points in the first quarter to fall into an early 19-point deficit.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Bulls rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals attempts per game this season (39.5).
  • The Bulls rank 29th in the league for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (14.4).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+11.7).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (3.7).

Celtics vs Bulls prediction

The Celtics are still a little shorthanded with Jrue Holiday, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford all out, while the Bulls are still missing Patrick Williams and Julian Phillips but they are expecting to have Alex Caruso back in the lineup. The Celtics have been the hottest team in the league and they've managed to keep winning games despite a few key injuries, but the Bulls have opened as favorites here and I think they can get it done against a banged up Celtics team playing their second game of a back to back set.

Peter’s Pick Chicago +8.5

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