Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls NBA Bettiing Prediction

NBA Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls Prediction 3/23/2024

The Boston Celtics (56-14) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (34-36) on Saturday, March 23rd. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bulls are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pistons. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.

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The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win

The Celtics picked up a win over the Pistons in their latest game, finishing with a score of 129-102. Celtics’ victory in this game wasn’t just a straight-up win; they also covered the spread as -14-point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 223 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.

Heading into today’s game, the Celtics will look to add to their eight game winning streak and currently have a record of 56-14. On the road, the Celtics have gone 24-11 this season while going 32-3 at home.

In terms of the spread, Boston currently holds an ATS record of 36-31, which is above .500. Boston has gone 34-30 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 2-1 when playing as underdogs.

The Bulls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Bulls were defeated by the Rockets in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 127-117. The Bulls managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 68-61.

As of today, the Bulls are 34-36 overall and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently 9th and are 4th in the Central division.

Chicago has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 35-34 against the spread. Chicago has gone 14-14 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 21-20 when playing as underdogs.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

For the season, the Boston offense is the 2nd ranked unit in the NBA, at 121.1 points per contest.

Heading into their game against the Bulls, the Celtics are one of the top scoring teams in the league, averaging 121.1 points per game (2nd). However, they have scored slightly less on the road, averaging 118.9 points per game (3rd).

In terms of pace, Boston is 17th in the league at 97.6 possessions per game. When it comes to field goal percentage, the Celtics are 9th overall, shooting 48% from the field.

One area where the Celtics have excelled is three-point shooting. They lead the league in both three-point attempts (42.6 per game) and makes (16.6 per game). Overall, they are shooting 39% from beyond the arc (2nd).

Bulls Offense Breakdown

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In 70 games games, Chicago has an average of 112.1 points per game (21st).

At home this season, the Bulls are averaging 111.5 points per game, which is 23rd in the NBA. Overall, they are 21st in scoring at 112.1 points per game. In terms of pace, Chicago is 23rd at 97.1 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Bulls are 20th in field goal percentage at 46%. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 19th at 35% and have made 11.7 threes per game (25th).

Chicago has been an above-average offensive rebounding team, ranking 8th in the league. In terms of assists, they are 24th at 24.8 per game.

Celtics Team Defense

The Celtics’ defense is presently ranked 6th in the league, allowing an average of 109.4 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Celtics are causing 11.4 turnovers per game, ranking 2nd in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 2nd in rejections, averaging 6.5 blocked shots each game.

Bulls Team Defense

On the defensive side, Bulls is currently hovering around the NBA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 113.7 points per game. The Chicago defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.3% of their field goal attempts vs. Chicago.

Key Players For The Celtics And Bulls

In today’s game, our projections have Jaylen Brown leading the Celtics with 23 points on 9/18 shooting from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 23.4 points per game, in addition to 5.6 rebounds.

On the other side, DeMar DeRozan is our projected leading scorer for the Bulls. We have him ending the game with a team-high 23 and grabbing 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 47.2% and is averaging 23.1 points per contest.

Celtics vs Bulls Trends

  • In their last five road games, Boston has averaged 124 points per game while allowing 103 . The team’s record in this stretch was 5-0 while going 5-0 vs. the spread.
  • Through their last five home games, Chicago has an ATS record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 3-2 while averaging 119 points per game.
  • Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Bulls have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 1-2.
  • The Celtics have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 5-0 straight up and 4-1 against the spread.

Celtics vs Bulls Prediction

In this Celtics vs. Bulls matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Bulls at +7.5. While we project the Celtics to win 114-111, our recommendation is to bet on the Bulls for the point-spread.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 221.5, and our model predicts the Celtics and Bulls to score a combined 225 points. We recommend betting on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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