Celtics at Bulls - 1/7/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (19-15) at Chicago Bulls (21-12)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, CSNC
The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls meet Thursday night at the United Center.
The Boston Celtics look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 98.7 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 20.7 points and 6.8 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.2 points and 2.4 rebounds. Jae Crowder is dishing 1.8 assists and Jared Sullinger is grabbing 9.4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.6 turnovers per game. The Boston Celtics have won five of their last six road games.
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The Chicago Bulls look to build on their solid five-game winning streak. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 99.8 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.8 points and 3.7 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 16.4 points and 10.7 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.6 turnovers per game. The Chicago Bulls have won eight of their last 10 home games.
The Celtics are 37-14-1 ATS in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest and 39-19 ATS in their last 58 road games. The Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Celtics are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Chicago and 6-14-2 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall.
The Bulls are extremely tough to beat at home and even tougher lately with Butler playing at an insane level. With the Celtics losing Wednesday night and Chicago rested, give me the home team and the reasonable chalk.