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Celtics vs. Bulls - 1/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (26-14) at Boston Celtics (13-24)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics +4 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics square off Friday night at the TD Garden.

The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last five games and play their second road game of the month. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.7 points and 6.1 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 18.8 points and 11.3 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 4.9 assists and Taj Gibson is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are really stinking it up defensively during this stretch, allowing 50 percent shooting from the field and 37.3 percent from deep in their last five games. The Bulls have to get back to their defensive roots in order to break out of this funk and get back in the East race for the top spot. Joakim Noah is doubtful for this game with an ankle injury.

Celtics vs. Bulls - 1/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics are falling out of the playoff race with losses in six of their last eight games. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 102.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 103.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.8 points and 8.1 rebounds while Avery Bradley is averaging 13.2 points and 1.4 assists. Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Tyler Zeller is shooting 57.8 percent from the field. The Boston Celtics continue to drop off offensively with the trade of Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green. The Celtics are shooting under 42 percent in their last five games and have scored less than 100 points in four of their last six games. Evan Turner is questionable for this game with a thumb injury.

The Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Boston and 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall. 

Are the Celtics even trying to win games at this point? I don't think so. Look for the Bulls to pick up a win here and a cover easily.

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Chicago Bulls -4

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